Tjarlirli Art and Kaltukatjara Art are successful and well-regarded Aboriginal owned art centres in the communities of Tjukurla in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, and Kaḻṯukatjara / Docker River in the Pitjantjatjara Lands of the Northern Territory.
Established in 2006, Tjarlirli Art is recognised as a source of culturally significant artwork produced by elders and many young artists who are keen to carry on in the same tradition. The artwork has strong links with the Papunya Tula movement, as families left Kintore and Kiwirrkurra to return to their homelands in the mid-1980s.
In 2016, after many years of advocacy from the community of Kaḻṯukatjara, Tjarlirli began managing Kaḻṯukatjara’s art centre as well. There are strong family links between the communities, and the artists are proud to work together. The art centres work to promote and strengthen cultural and social systems through art, and provide opportunities for sustainable creative, economic and professional development.
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.