MIMILI MAKU ARTS is a vibrant contemporary art studio owned and governed by a strong board of Aṉangu directors. The Art Centre supports artists across different disciplines such as painting, new media, sculpture and publishing. Mimili Maku Arts is a place for intergenerational exchange and learning, where Aṉangu knowledge is celebrated, maintained and lived daily. Being a sustainable business for future generations of Aṉangu living in the community, it is not only a space for artistic excellence but also a tool to support real social change and political advocacy.
As a grassroots organisation it uncompromisingly supports the vision of its Elders, driving economic, cultural and social Aṉangu leadership across all levels of its business, and significantly improving community health and wellbeing. As founding member of the APY Art Centre Collective, Mimili Maku Arts continues to work alongside families and friends from other APY communities to develop regional large-scale artistic projects. Through the APY Art Centre Collective Mimili Maku Arts has been able to open its own galleries in Sydney and Adelaide to increase support to young and emerging artists in the early stages of their careers.
Mimili Community lies within the beautiful Everard Ranges, around 500km south-west of Alice Springs. At one time known as Everard Park, a cattle station, the area was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the 1981 APY Land Rights Act. Today, Mimili is home to about 250 Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people who refer to themselves as Anangu. In accordance with the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act (1981), there is no public access to Mimili Community or the Art Centre.
Artists include: Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Marina Pumani Brown, Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, Judy Martin, Puna Yanima, Linda Puna, Robert Fielding, Sammy Dodd, Margaret Ngilan Dodd, Pauline Wangin, Emma Singer, Josina Pumani.
Image: Betty Kuntiwa Pumani with her work Antara, 2020, commissioned for The National 2021: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Courtesy: Mimili Maku Arts.
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