Amata, APY Lands, South Australia
Tjala Arts is an Indigenous-owned and managed corporation located in Amata community on the APY Lands of South Australia. Established in 1997, Tjala Arts is a professional art-making studio where culture is celebrated and maintained by Anangu across three generations.
Tjala Arts boasts an exciting exhibition program supporting established, mid-career and emerging artists. The art centre has launched the careers of artists Mick Wikilyiri, Iluwanti Ken, Sylvia Ken, Barbara Moore and the five Ken Sisters - Yaritji Young, Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Maringka Tunkin and Tjungkara Ken. Tjala artists embrace a variety of mediums including acrylic paint on linen, works on paper, punu (wood work) and tjanpi (fibre weaving) and new media. Known for their vibrant use of colour, energetic mark-making and innovative artistic projects, artworks by Tjala artists sit prominently in every major public collection and significant collections across Australia and abroad.
As an Anangu-owned business, Tjala Arts is a place that honours cultural practice and promotes and supports the highest level of ethical practice in the production and sale of Indigenous art, creating widespread financial gain for families in the community and surrounding homelands.
Early-career artists from Tjala Arts that have exhibited through APY Gallery include Alison Riley, Amy Scotty, Angela Burton, Beverly Burton, Christy Young, Freda Brady, Janie Kulyuru, Joylene Presley, Lillian Wilton, Maringka Tunkin, Marissa Munti, Mary Pan, Maureen Douglas, Mick Wikilyiri, Muna Kulyuru, Naomi Kantjurinyi, Nita Williamson, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, Paniny Mick, Sandra Ken, Sharon Adamson, Steven Mitakiki, Tanya Brady, Tjimpayi Presley and Wanatjura Lewis.