Ernabella Arts describes itself as Australia’s oldest, continuously running Indigenous Art Centre tracing its history to the establishment of a craft room in the Presbyterian Mission here in 1948. The Arts Centre is in the Pukatja Community at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in the far north west of South Australia.
The first 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”.
In more recent years, senior women have moved away from the walka to depict their Tjukurpa (sacred stories of country and law).
The centre’s inimitable reputation lies in this adaptability and innovation by artists who have been exposed to many different mediums since the craft room began.
Today the artists are a mix of young and old, men and women. There are very senior Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara men including NATSIAA winner Dickie Minyintiri. The members of Ernabella Arts are always reinvigorating their centre, seeing it through its evolution from the first incarnation as a craft room, into a culturally strong contemporary art centre.
Ernabella Arts is an Aboriginal owned and run corporation which promotes and supports ethical practice in the creation and sale of Indigenous art.
“Ernabella Arts is a place where we senior women and men and young women and men practice and develop our art, in order to sustain, support and promote our cultural heritage, and to improve the lifestyle of our community’s members”.
Below are the current artworks we have in the gallery from Ernabella Arts.
Artist: Dale Richards Tjara (sheild) Size: 76cm x 12cm x 4cm Medium: Wood
Artist: Dale Richards Miru (spear thrower) Size: 69cm x 7cm Medium: Wood and spinifex resin In the...
Artist: Dale Richards Tjutinypa (hunting club) Size: 69cm x 6cm Medium: Wood and spinifex resin This club...
Artist: Dale Richards Tjutinypa (hunting club) Size: 60cm x 5cm Medium: Wood and spinifex resin This club...
Artist: Elizabeth Dunn Piltati - Elizabeth's Story Size: 100cm x 180cm Medium: Acrylic on Canvas...
Artist: Jayanna Andy Approx Size: 17h x 10d Art Centre: Ernabella Art
Artist: Jayanna Andy Approx Size: 12h x 9d Art Centre: Ernabella Art
Artist: Mark Morris Miru Munu Taarka (spearthrower and bones) Size: 86cm x 8cm x5cm Medium: Wood, spinifex resin,...
Artist: Mark Morris and Duncan O'Toole Miru Munu Taarka (spearthrower and bones) Size: 34cm x 8cm...
Artist: Mark Morris and Duncan O'Toole Miru Munu Taarka (spearthrower and bones) Size: 50cm x 8cm...
Artist: Tjariya Stanley Size: 76cm x 150cm Medium: Acrylic on canvas Story from the certificate...
Artist: Yurpiya Lionel Size: 100cm x 150cm Medium: Acrylic on canvas Words from the certificate...
Artist: Elizabeth Dunn Size: 169cm x 84cm Medium: Acrylic on Linen Story from the certificate of authenticity:There...
Artist: Thomas Tjilya Approx Size: 12h x 12d Art Centre: Ernabella Art
Artist: Lynette Lewis Size: 100cm x 100cm Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Story from the certificate...
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