OUR ART CENTRE
Tjala Arts is an Aboriginal owned and managed corporation that sells artwork on behalf of its members. Described by Senior Artist Nyurpaya Kaika as the “true heart of Amata Community”, the Art Centre is a professional Artmaking studio where culture is celebrated by Anangu of three generations on a daily basis. Artworks by Tjala Arts are held in many of the state and National Art Institutions and museums across Australia and the world, as well as in high profile private collections in Australia and internationally.
Tjala Arts is known for its diverse range of styles, energetic mark making and rich colorful palette. Artists explore Tjukurpa ( stories, dreaming) of the region and create paintings which are filled with artistic integrity that immediately captivate their audience. Tjala Arts artists embrace a variety of media including acrylic paint on linen, traditional punu (wood work) and tjanpi (sculptural fibre weaving). Young Artists also explore more contemporary mediums including photography, film and sound work. Tjala Arts enables economic independence for its artists. Through strong governance, the art centre has created widespread financial gain for families in the community and surrounding homelands.
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands cover more than 10% of the South Australian land mass.
Anangu hold the title to these lands under the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.
More than 2000 Anangu people live on the APY Lands.