Ninuku Arts was founded in 2006 in a small mud-brick building in Kalka, in the far north-west corner of South Australia. Currently the art centre supports close to 40 Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra artists and makers living in Kalka and Pipalyatjara, the most remote communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
The studio is the social and cultural beating heart of both communities. It is a place not only to sit and work alongside family, but to gossip and share stories of the near and distant past.
Ninuku Arts has exhibited work nationally and internationally, becoming known for its powerful colour palettes and the diversity of styles, techniques and mediums of each artist. The artists’ creative practices have expanded from Western Desert dot painting to incorporate loose brush techniques as well as tjanpi (grass) and punu (wood) sculpture, jewellery and glassware.