Ninuku Arts is an Indigenous-owned and governed Art Centre supporting Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra speaking artists from Pipalyatjara, Kalka, and Irruntyju communites. Located in the Tomkinson ranges on the tri-state border of South Australia, Western Australia, and Northern Territory, the studio is one of the smallest and most remote in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
Working inside of the first community-built mudbrick building in Kalka, artists specialise in a range of styles from fine dot to abstract brushwork, painting stories of ancestral Tjukurpa and ngurra (home/Country) as well as those of everyday life in the bush. Ninuku artists are known for their bold and energetic colour palates, bolstering many formative artists to the central desert movement including Harry Tjtutjuna, Sandy Brumby, Nyankula Watson, and Jimmy Donegan over its 15-year history.
In 2018 Ninuku artists began an original glass painting project with the JamFactory in Adelaide, South Australia. Painters learned the traditional Grahl Swedish enameling technique to hand render stories and walka (designs) in a new way into hot-blown glass vessels and sculpture. The first collection will launch at the Tarnanthi Festival in October 2019 at JamFactory.
Josephine Watajara Mick
Molly Namptijin Miller
Thomas Yamungara Murray
Jennifer Mintaya Ward
Monica Puntjina Watson
Nyayti Stanley Young
Image: Josephine Mick, David Miller, Ruth Fatt, Sammy Miller, Aralya, 2018. Acrylic on Belgian linen, 183 x 244cm. Courtesy: Ninuku Arts.