NINUKU ARTS was founded in 2006 by a small group of Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra artists in a mudbrick building in Kalka Community, located in the far northwest corner of South Australia. Currently, the art centre supports a rotating roster of close to 40 artists and makers living in both Kalka and Pipalyatjara, which are the most remote communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
Artists work on a near daily basis and the studio is the social and cultural centre of both communities. It is a place not only to sit and work alongside family, but to share stories of near and distant past. Over the course of the last decade the art centre has exhibited work nationally and internationally, becoming known for it’s powerful colour palettes as well as the diversity of styles, techniques and mediums of each artist. While the origins of Ninuku’s creative output lay in the traditions of Western Desert dot painting, artists have grown over time to incorporate loose brush techniques as well as tjanpi (weaving) and punu (wood) sculpture into their practices.
Artists include: Cassaria Young Hogan, Stanley Young, Phyllis Donegan, Rita Watson, Ruth Fatt, Monica Watson, Nyanu Watson, David Miller, Samuel Miller
Image: Monica and Rita Watson at Ninuku Arts Studio. Photo: Meg Hansen. Courtesy: Ninuku Arts
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