Ernabella Arts - Art Collector

Yurpiya Lionel, Anumara, 2015. Courtesy: the artist and Ernabella Arts, South Australia

Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest Indigenous art centre. The community of Pukatja was the first permanent settlement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands).

The Presbyterian Board of Missions established the Ernabella mission in 1937, and a craft room was established in 1948. The first craft products were hand-loomed woven fabrics and hand-pulled and knotted floor rugs with a unique pattern that became known as the Ernabella walka or anapalayaku walka (Ernabella's design).

The communities serviced by the centre include Pukatja, as well as the homelands of David Well, Black Hill, Turkey Bore, New Well, Youngs Well and Balfours.

The centre is renowned for working across a number of mediums throughout its 67 year history. Young and old members work alongside one another to create some of the highest quality ceramics and paintings.

The centre has established relationships with ceramic studios in Canberra (Australian National University), China and Singapore, which is utilised by Ernabella artists on residencies. Two ceramic artists, Tjimpuna Williams and Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, returned to Jingdezhen, China for the second time in April 2015 to create large scale porcelain pots during a ceramic residency. Jingdezhen is where porcelain was first developed and has been continuously used for over 1000 years. This project sees the coming together of two ancient cultures in the making of contemporary artworks.

Current artists

  • Pepai Jangala Carroll
  • Gordon Ingkatji
  • Yurpiya Lionel
  • Tjunkaya Tapaya
  • Tjariya Stanley
  • Carlene Thompson
  • Pantjiti Lionel
  • Niningka Lewis
  • Rupert Jack
  • Langaliki Langaliki
  • Derek Jungarrayi Thompson
  • Tjimpuna Williams
  • Tjutjuna Andy
  • Alison Milyika Carroll
  • Ngunytjima Carroll
  • Anne Thompson

Commercial gallery partners

  • Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
  • Short St Gallery, Broome
  • Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
  • Outstation Gallery, Darwin
  • Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
  • McCulloch & McCulloch, Melbourne
  • Talapi, Alice Springs
  • Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River and Subiaco
  • Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
  • ArtKelch, Germany
  • RedDot Gallery, Singapore
  • Harvey Projects, USA

Ernabella Arts
PMB 208
via Alice Springs NT 0872

08 8956 2954