Irrunytju Community is close to the Western Australia/South Australian border at the base of a Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) site. The original art centre, Irrunytju Arts, opened in 2000, and within a couple of years the artists were achieving international success – Tommy Watson was commissioned for a permanent installation of his artwork within the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. The Irrunytju Cultural Heritage Collection, a body of culturally significant works created by the artists for future generations, is held at the Tjulyuru Cultural Centre in Warburton, WA.
Irrunytju Arts closed in 2007 and in 2012 reopened as Minyma Kutjara Arts Project. This was a new and exciting enterprise initiated by the community to support their artists. In 2020 Minyma Kutjara Arts Project secured funding to renovate the original painting shed, purchase materials and employ a full-time arts manager.
Minyma Kutjara (Two Women) is a highly significant Tjukurpa (creation story) that traces the landscape, travelling from South Australia through the Central Desert to Kaḻṯukatjara / Docker River in the Northern Territory. It is one of the most important Tjukurpa and women’s stories.
Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.
On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.
Desart respectfully advises Aboriginal readers that this website may contain names, images and artworks of people who have passed away.