Art centre manager

Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Logo of Papulankutja Artists Aboriginal CorporationPapulankutja Artists is a community-driven enterprise at Blackstone, a remote Aboriginal community in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia, about 900kms west of Alice Springs and 1500kms north-east of Perth.

The art centre facilitates visual art production and employment for Aboriginal art workers, and incorporates studio spaces for its member artists and a small gallery shop. It also works with artists at Mantamaru (Jameson), a community 75kms to the west who have close family connections.

Closing date: 

5pm, 7 May 2021


Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)


Western Australia

Job category: 

  • Senior management

Type of vacancy: 

Full time
After probation, a 2-year contract

Salary and conditions: 

$65–75,000 (depending on experience) plus superannuation

Attractive employment package to be discussed at interview

Job description/overview: 

This is a unique opportunity to experience Ngaanyatjarra culture and contribute to the understanding of Ngaanyatjarra culture, law, and storytelling practices through visual arts. As our artists play a major role in maintaining law and culture, their art practice provides a vital role in narrating Tjukurrpa (traditional law and culture), connection to country and ancestors.

We are looking for a creative and motivated manager with sound business, financial and visual arts skills. A passion and commitment to the arts and community is essential. The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the art centre including supervising Yarnangu art workers, volunteers, and contracted specialists (trainers, visual artists, workshop convenors), generating sales, marketing, promotion, visual arts development, and brand growth. The diverse role also involves artist support and professional development, product development, supporting the governing body (directors) as well as assisting with cultural continuance.

The role requires someone with initiative who can multi-task in a cross-cultural environment, has strong communication skills, is flexible and able to work independently. For accompanying partners seeking work, employment opportunities in the NG lands are regularly advertised.

Personal attributes

We are looking for a professional who:

  • is innovative, creative and adaptive
  • has strong decision-making ability, sound judgement and commitment
  • demonstrates a high level of efficiency, is organised and attentive to detail
  • has excellent written and spoken communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Contact person and how to apply: 

Name: Carmel Young
Telephone: (08) 8953 4736


Email your application to

To be accepted your application must include:

  • a current CV
  • cover letter
  • contact details for three referees
  • your claims against the selection criteria—download the job description (pdf)

Late applications will be at the discretion of the Program Manager.

Desart is the not-for-profit peak industry body for 36 Central Australian Aboriginal art & craft centres and the Papulankutja Artists board of directors has engaged Desart to assist them in the recruitment of their new manager.

To apply for this position you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have unlimited working rights in Australia.

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