Ninuku Arts was founded in 2006 by a small group of Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra artists in a little mudbrick building in Kaḻka Community, located in the far north-west corner of South Australia. Currently, the art centre supports a rotating roster of close to 40 artists and makers living in Kaḻka and Piipalyatjara, which are the most remote communities of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands). The studio is the social and cultural beating heart of both communities. It is a place not only to sit and work alongside family, but to talk and share stories of the near and distant past. The art centre exhibits work nationally and internationally, and its artists are known for their powerful colour palettes as well as their respective styles, techniques and mediums. While the origins of Ninuku’s creative output lie in the traditions of Western Desert dot painting, the artists have incorporated loose brush techniques as well as tjanpi (desert grass) and puṉu (wood) sculpture into their practices.
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.