APY Studio Adelaide, SA
Cooee Art, NSW
The circles in this painting represent the many rockholes (tjukula) throughout my country. I am from Pipalyatjara in the APY Lands and this is where my country is. Pipalyatjara is in the far north-west of South Australia right near the border with Western Australia. I paint tjukula because finding water in the desert was so important to Anangu in the old days.
The APY Art Centre Collective is a social enterprise made up of 11 Aboriginal owned and governed arts and culture organisations from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. As a collective, these organistions work to increase income for Aboriginal artists and support the important work of art centres in APY communities. This artwork was made at the APY Art Centre Collective operated APY Studio in Adelaide, which provides APY artists with a satellite art centre for artists off ‘Country’. The APY Studio affords APY artists with income stability alongside culturally appropriate support to access healthcare and the opportunity to maintain vital cultural and community connections when in Adelaide.Share