Utopia Art Centre is 100% Indigenous owned and community directed. The art centre supports emerging and established artists. It provides a space for intergenerational learning and cultural expression. We’re keeping our generations stronger, through knowledge on our land.
Located 250 km north-east of Mparntwe / Alice Springs, Utopia Art Centre works across 16 remote homelands. Utopia has a diverse history with artists gaining international recognition for batik in the 1980s before transitioning to painting. Carving has been a key form of cultural expression for local artists and continues today. Many senior artists have travelled and exhibited across the world, including the famed Emily Kam Kngwarray.
The bold brushwork and expressive colour that set Utopia artists apart is sustained by the younger generation of children and grandchildren painting today. Established in 2020, the art centre is located in Arlparra in the Sandover region, and is currently building a new studio and gallery space.
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.