Papulankutja (Blackstone) was established after Ngaayatjarrapeople walked out of the Warburton Mission in the 1970’s and returned to their land.
Like many Aboriginal art centres especially in Central Australia, Papulankutja evolved out of the Women’s Centre where painting was encouraged as an activity. The processes begun in 2003 to register Papulankutja Artists as an Aboriginal Corporation was finally completed in 2004. This was a significant milestone as now the artists were able to govern their art centre independently. A few years later the art centre moved out of the Women’s Centre to free it up for its original purpose and into the community hall. Finally, Papulankutja Artists moved into a purpose built art centre in 2009 with rooms for men and women to paint.
As well as their painters Papulankutja Artists is known for its innovative fiber work and carvers. In 2005 a group of women from Papulankutja won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award with a large woven Toyota called ‘Toyota Dreaming’ as it is the dream of everyone in Papulankutja to own a Toyota or any car!
Our themes mainly tell Dream time stories about our country and ancestors including the Seven Sisters, WatiKutjarra (Two ancestral Men), Illurrpa (the place where Kuniya, a giant female snake traveled)and Nintuka (Perentie Lizard Man).
Papulankutja Artists are very community focused, everybody working together with a strong heart. Today, women and men, young and old people, work together.
Papulankutja Artists now works with neighboring communities, starting a regional arts outreach program in 2008. There are now more than 100 artists at Papulankutja and Jameson benefiting from working under the umbrella of Papulankutja Artists.