Papulankutja Artists is an Aboriginal owned non-for-profit corporation operating in Blackstone Community on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia. Papulankutja (Blackstone) community is approximately 900kms west of Alice Springs and 1575kms north-east of Perth. The art centre like most across the Ngaanyatjarra Lands was originally a women’s centre where painting was encouraged as an activity for both men and women since the mid 1980’s. As the Aboriginal art market boomed it became necessary to establish a framework that protects the artists. Papulankutja Artists was officially established in 2003. Five years later in 2009 Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose built art centre. The art centre until today extends services to artists in Mantamaru (Jameson) community, 75kms to the west of Papulankutja.
The artists have participated in major collaborative exhibitions over the years including Songlines: Tracking The Seven Sisters, and Ngurra with annual participation in key industry events such as Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Revealed Exhibition for Emerging Aboriginal Artists, Desert Mob and Tarnanthi to name but a few. Papulankutja Artists are also well-known for their soap production, a unique offering of remedial healing filled with bush medicine from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
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.