Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement. The artists of Papunya Tjupi have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. The Art Centre, located 250km NW of Alice Springs/Mparntwe, supports emerging artists and some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters.
It was established in 2007, in response to the vacuum following the homelands movement of the late 1970s, which saw the exodus of many of the famous pioneer painters. Papunya Tjupi currently consists of 150 artists from Papunya and surrounding outstations, who are renowned for their strong line-work and for continuously developing new ways to tell the old stories.
Central to Papunya Tjupi is the understanding that painting is an important part of culture and connection to country, and that the teaching and passing of knowledge is what keeps the community’s future strong. Papunya Tjupi’s artists exhibit fine art paintings nationally and internationally and feature in major public and private collections.
Visitors are welcome to our on-site gallery where you can purchase paintings, experience our dynamic atmosphere and learn more about the history of Papunya and its artists.
We are located in Papunya Community, 250km northwest of Alice Springs/Mparntwe. Papunya is accessed via the Larapinta and Namatjira Drive Tourist Route. It is a sealed road until just past Glen Helen, the last service point before Papunya, and from there it is a 1-1.5 hour drive (78km) on unsealed road. Papunya can also be accessed via the Tanami road. The turn off to Papunya is approximately 130km from Alice Springs/ Mparntwe on the sealed section of the Tanami road, then, a further 1-1.5 hour drive (100km) on an unsealed road.
Once in Papunya we are easy to find; just follow the signs. We are on the corner of Abbott Rd and Possum Cres.
Please contact us before your visit to ensure the Art Centre is open. Please note that permits are not required for day visits.
We advise you to check the road conditions before driving on the NT Government website.
Our opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm
Fridays and weekends by appointment