TJALA ARTS is located in Amata Community, in far north-west South Australia on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The professional art making studio celebrates and maintains Anangu culture across three generations. An Aboriginal owned and managed corporation established in 1997, the Art Centre boasts an exciting exhibition program supporting established, midcareer and emerging artists.
Tjala Arts has launched the careers of artists including Kunmanara Wawiriya Burton, Mick Wikilyiri, Sylvia Ken, Barbara Mbitjana Moore, Nyunmiti Burton and the five Ken Sisters – Yaritji Young, Tjungkara Ken, Freda Brady, Sandra Ken and Maringka Tunkin. Known for their vibrant use of colour and energetic mark making, works by Tjala artists have been acquired by many high profile collectors across Australia and abroad. They are held in numerous public institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Tjala Arts artists embrace a variety of mediums including painting, works on paper, punu (wood work), tjanpi (fibre weaving) and new media. They are renowned for their artistic excellence and innovative projects, including the Kulata Tjuta project which begun in Amata in 2010 and has now spread across the APY Lands to all seven art centres.
Recent achievements from the Tjala studio include Sylvia Ken winning the critically acclaimed Wynne Prize in 2019, Nyumiti Burton winning the 2020 Robert’s Family Prize, part of the Wynne Prize and Iluwanti Ken winning the prestigious Work on Paper prize at the 2020 NATSIAA displayed at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory. Tjala Arts is at the heart of Amata Community and has created widespread financial gain for families in the community and across surrounding homelands. It is a place that honours culture and promotes and supports the highest level of ethical practice in the production and sale of Indigenous art. Tjala Arts is located on the APY lands, permits are required to visit the lands so please email enquiries.
VIC: Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
QLD: Jan Murphy Gallery, Fortitude Valley
NSW: Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Waterloo
NSW: Olsen Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney
NSW: APY Art Centre Collective, Sydney
SA: APY Art Centre Collective, Adelaide
WA: Short Street Gallery, Broome
NT: Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
NT: Outstation, Darwin
BELGIUM: Aboriginal Signature-Estrange Gallery, Brussels
Image: Iluwanti Ken, Walawuru ngunutju kukaku ananyi – The Mother eagle has gone hunting for meat, 2020. Ink on watercolour paper. Courtesy: Tjala Arts.