Papulankutja Artists

Lot 31 Blackstone-Warburton Road, Blackstone Community, Ngaanyatjarra-Giles 0872, Papulankutja, WA, 0872

Papulankutja Artists is an Aboriginal owned not-for-profit corporation operating in the Blackstone Community on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia. Papulankutja (Blackstone) community is approximately 900kms west of Alice Springs and 1575kms northeast of Perth. Like most across the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, the art centre was originally a women's centre where painting was encouraged as an activity for men and women since the mid-1980s. As the Aboriginal art market boomed, it became necessary to establish a framework that protects the artists. Papulankutja Artists was officially established in 2003. Five years later, in 2009, Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose-built art centre. The art centre until today extends services to artists in Mantamaru (Jameson) community, 75kms to the west of Papulankutja.

The art centre provides Ngaanyatjarra artists and other Anangu people the space to express a sense of purpose through creative expression in the telling of Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime), support for the social welfare and well-being of all members and a source of independent income that provides for the artists and their families.

The artists have participated in major collaborative exhibitions over the years, including Songlines: Tracking The Seven Sisters, and Ngurra with annual participation in key industry events such as Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Revealed Exhibition for Emerging Aboriginal Artists, Desert Mob andTarnanthi, to name but a few. Papulankutja Artists in 2021 also began to show their true, multifaceted abilities by having their first showcase of fabric designs facilitated by Flying Fox Fabrics and presented at the Country to Couture fashion show. For a small art centre coming from one of the remotest regions of Australia, Papulankutja Artists do not shy away from diverse audiences to share Ngaanyatjarra culture with the rest of the country and international audiences. With their existing and new stakeholder relationships, Papulankutja Artists are excited at the prospects of continuing to share Ngaanyatjarra culture, lifestyle and Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime) in 2022 and beyond.

Papulankutja Artists work closely with peak bodies Desart Incorporated and Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia (AACHWA), to maintain strong governance of the art centre and strengthen participation in the Arts Worker programs. Papulankutja Artists appreciates the ongoing support of both Desart and AACHWA through their professional development programs. Opportunities for artists, arts workers, board members and staff, and regular opportunities to cometogether with other art centres each year ensure the sustainability and growth of the art arts centre. Papulankutja Artists hope to continue growing and staying connected to leave a strong art and enterprise legacy for future generations.

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Shipping policy

Australian shipping

We offer $25 flat rate shipping for non-bulky items registered as regular mail through Australia Post. Delivery times from Papulankutja to capital cities in Australia is approximately 14 days. It can take longer in some circumstances.
You can optionally request Express shipping.
Contact the art centre for a quote.

International shipping

We ship internationally using Australia Post Express, this service covers most countries.
You will be required to sign for receipt, and are responsible for any customs duties or import taxes that apply for your country.
We can provide you with a shipment tracking link if requested. Contact us for more details.

Refund policy

Once we have received the return of the item, we will inspect and notify you that we have received your returned item.
After inspecting the item we will notify you on the status of your refund.
If your return is approved, we will initiate a refund to your credit card (or original method of payment).
You will receive the credit within five days, depending on your card issuer’s policies.

Return policy

You have 21 days to return an item from the date you received it.
To be eligible for a return, the artwork is significantly different to what you expected or it is damaged.
Your item must be returned in the same condition that you received it and packed in or equivalent to the original packaging.
Your item needs to have the receipt or proof of purchase.