Rebuilding Papulankutja Art Centre

Robert Woods dancing as they mourn the loss of their art centre
Robert Woods dancing as they mourn the loss of their art centre

In the early part of October on a windy hot day a grass fire burnt down the store room and gallery of the Papulankutja Art Centre. The fire destroyed all stock waiting to be sold to give the artists earnings and to pay for the running of the art centre. This included paintings, artefacts, bush soap and important works from artists who have since passed away. The loss of stock has been estimated at over $200,000

Papulankutja (also known as Blackstone) is about 80km west of the tristate (SA, WA, NT) border in the Ngaanyatjarra lands. Give yourself about 9-10 hours to drive into the closest major centre, Alice Springs.

They need help to rebuild and to assist with this they have started a crowd funding campaign to raise just over $37000 to assist with obtaining a new portable unit. There are some beautiful gifts for donating from $25 to $5000.

You can also buy in their Christmas sale with the artists giving 10% of all sales from new paintings since the fire to help rebuild their art centre.

Papulankutja Artists Crowdfunding Campaign from DRAMA on Vimeo.

Watch the video, go to their fund raising campaign and donate, head to their online gallery to purchase a product and follow them on Facebook.

Yuwawu, pitja-ya Ngaanyatjarra ngurrakutu. Kulila-ya

A new website at has a brief outline of the Ngaanyatjarra communities (and a few close by) along with a story or two about the community and a traditional story of the country.


Take a look around.