Established in 1971, Papunya Tula Artists is privately owned and directed by fifty Aboriginal shareholders, mainly
from the Western Desert communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura. From an initial group of around thirty artists the company has now grown to represent more than eighty regular painters.
The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, provide economic development within the communities to which they belong, and assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.
Papunya Tula Artists funds community projects though annual profits and key fundraising events. Auctions held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales have raised over one million for the establishment of
a remote renal dialysis unit and more than nine hundred thousand for a community swimming pool in Kintore. Papunya Tula Artists provides ongoing financial support for the Kintore Swimming Pool, Western Desert Dialysis service and a number of other community, cultural and sporting events. Papunya Tula Artists are held in most public and state gallery collections, as well as significant private collections and museums in both Australia and overseas.
Papunya Tula Artists present curated annual exhibitions with leading commercial galleries across Australia, as well as regular exhibitions in Singapore, North America, Germany, France, UK and Belgium.
Works produced at Papunya Tula Artists’ two art centres in Kintore and Kiwirrkura are available to the public at Papunya Tula Artists’ Gallery in Alice Springs. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.
Image: Willy Tjungurrayi, Tingari ceremonies at Kirritjinna, 2015. Acrylic on Belgian linen, 91 x 91cm.