Papunya Tjupi Arts - Art Collector

Mary Roberts Nakamarra, Yalka Tjukurrpa - Murini(Bush Onion Dreaming at Murini), 2014, 152 x 91cm. Courtesy: the artist and Papunya Tjupi Arts, Northern Territory

Papunya Tjupi Arts is an Aboriginal owned and directed art centre located in Papunya, 250 kilometres North West of Alice Springs. In the local Luritja language, Tjupi means honey ant and Papunya is known as Warumpi, which is a major honey ant dreaming site.

Established in 2007, Papunya Tjupi Arts supports a new generation of artists including the descendants of the original Papunya painters of the early 1970s. Papunya Tjupi Arts services 100 artists from Papunya and surrounding outstations and sells fine art paintings and prints nationally and internationally. The artists of Papunya Tjupi are known for their strong line-work, innovative continuation of the dot painting movement and for developing new ways to tell the old stories.

Papunya Tjupi Arts is a not-for-profit organisation. It is a member of Desart and subscribes to the Indigenous Arts Code of ethics. It is also one of the few places for employment and training opportunities in the community.

Current artists

  • Martha McDonald Napaltjarri
  • Isobel Gorey Nambajimba
  • Doris Bush Nungarrayi
  • Beyula Puntungka Napanangka
  • Tilau Nangala
  • Candy Nelson Nakamarra
  • Narlie Nelson Nakamarra
  • Maureen Poulson Napangardi
  • Mary Roberts Nakamarra

Access information

Aboriginal Land Permits are not required for day visits. Papunya is three hours drive from Alice Springs via the Tanami Highway, or one hour from Glen Helen via Namatjira Drive (4WD only). Please call to make an appointment.

Online shop

Viewing and purchasing is available on the website.

Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre
MacDonnell Shire
Corner of Possum Crescent and Raggett Street, Papunya Community
PMB 101
Via Alice Springs NT 0872

Phone: 08 8964 7141
Fax: 08 8956 8390
Email: Web: