Ninuku Arts - Art Collector

A screen print by Harry Tjutjuna. Courtesy: the artist and Ninuku Arts, Northern Territory.

Ninuku Arts is an Aboriginal corporation run by 40 Pitjantjatjara artists from Kalka and Pipalyatjara in the far north-west of South Australia. It was started by Ananguku Arts and Culture in 2004 when Amanda Dent was engaged as roving coordinator to work with artists in the five western communities of the APY Lands, including Watarru, Kanpi and Nyapari. Ninuku Arts was established at Kalka by the first art centre manager, Bronwyn Taylor.

Ninuku is known for its innovative painting techniques and styles. They range from the drip paintings of Harry Tjutjuna, to the tight and formal compositions of the NATSIAA award winner Jimmy Donegan, and the whimsical style of Monica Puntjina Watson.

The art centre takes its name from the Ninu Tjukurpa (Bilby song line) that passes through the tiny community of Kalka. The community began in 1978 from a silver bullet caravan, the headquarters of the former Pitjantjatjara Homelands Health Service. Ninuku Arts is located in the original mud brick community office.

“Ninunya mulapa minyma Tjukuritja, palupalanguru kurunpa mukuringinyi pulkara - Our spirits have a deep attachment to the bilby. The bilby woman is our true creation ancestor and this means we have a need for her in our spirit and soul,” says senior artist and co-founding director of Ninuku Arts, Kumunara Connelly.

Ananguku Arts and Culture has recently built a new painting room adjacent to the art centre and accommodation that allows Ninuku artists to collaborate with visiting specialists. First to stay at the new accommodation were Basil Hall and Pam Boyer from Basil Hall Editions. They were involved in a screen printing workshop which resulted in a series of brightly coloured prints from a range of Ninuku artists including Harry Tjutjuna, Monica Watson, Molly Miller and Nyanu Watson titled
Ninuku tjukurpa, referring to the main dreaming story in the Kakla community – bilby Dreaming. Kumunara Connelly, senior artist and co-founding director of Ninuku Arts says of the significance of the bilby in the community: “Our spirits have a deep attachment to the bilby. The bilby woman is our true creation ancestor and this means we have a need for her in our spirit and soul.”

Current artists

  • Angampa Martin
  • Frances Connelly
  • Harry Tjutjuna
  • Jennifer Mintaya Connelly
  • Jimmy Donegan
  • Josephine Watjara Mick
  • Milyika Paddy
  • Molly Nampitjin Miller
  • Monica Puntjina Watson
  • Nyanu Watson
  • Samuel Miller
  • Sandy Brumby
  • Stanley Nyayati Young
  • Tjulkiwa Atira Atira
  • Yangi Yangi Fox


Ninuku Arts
PMB 65
via Alice Springs NT 0872


Phone: 08 8954 8054
Fax: 08 8954 8054
Email: manager@ninukuarts.com
Web: www.ninukuarts.com.au