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An incredible opportunity for an Aboriginal Studio Art Worker!

Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is recruiting for a Studio Art Worker position!

JOB TYPE: Part-time, 20 hours per week, 1 year contract

LOCATION: Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre, 29 Wilkinson St.

SUPERVISOR: Art Centre Manager

RESPONSIBILITIES: Be a cultural worker. Protect Aboriginal art and culture for the future and promote understanding of local law, rules, languages and manners. Work in a team with art centre staff to support artists and look after the studio to keep the art centre business strong. Be committed to what is best for your art centre. This is an Aboriginal identified position.

AWARD: Amusement, Events and Recreation Award link below:



• Collect and record artists’ stories
• Photograph and document art works and artists’ portraits
• Safely handle and store artworks in organised spaces Interpret and translate for artists and non-Aboriginal staff
• Set up studio for artists, prepare and give out art materials
• Prepare art materials:
o Cut paper, tape on backing board, mark edges
o Stretch canvas, prime canvas, un-stretch finished canvases, mix paint colours, organise and wash paint pots
• Show artists how to care for materials and equipment
• Maintain a clean and safe workspace – follow workplace health and safety rules
• Clean and tidy the studio and stores including wet wiping, mopping and disinfecting daily
• Arrange artists’ meals
• Assist elderly / disabled artists with equipment and materials and a comfortable work set up
• Organise and travel with artists on country visits/ field trips /material collection (tjanpi, punu, ininti etc) trips
• Keep track of art supplies, help studio coordinator do orders

Duties may also include:
• Assist with sales and marketing
• Transport artists to and from the art centre, clean the art centre vehicle
• Shop for the art centre
• Receive and unpack deliveries of artwork supplies into storeroom
• Assist with special events, such as markets, festivals and exhibitions
• Travel to events with artists as a support worker
• Create videos for presentations, website, social media

The Studio Art Worker position includes professional development and on the job training.
Willingness or ability to obtain the following (select):
• Digital camera and photography training
• Driver’s license
• First aid certificate
• Safe food handling
• Industry engagement professional development (where does the art go?)
• Conservation (looking after artworks) professional development
• Consult with (listen and take advice from) elders and community on cultural matters
• National Police History Check


• Can work in a team and by yourself
• Checks own work to be accurate
• Computer literate
• Initiative – can find jobs that need doing without being asked
• Can take direction from manager, senior art workers or the board
• Maintains art centre confidentiality (doesn’t share private art centre business)
• Can prepare art materials or do training to learn how


• Attend work on time for the expected hours
• Communicate with art centre manager before taking time off from work e.g. sick, sorry business, family, ceremony
• Complete your work tasks carefully, with pride and to a high standard
• Join in and talk up in team meetings
• Work as a team and communicate well with everyone
• Help solve problems that come up in the art centre
• Follow the art centre’s Code of Conduct and rules
• Understand work health and safety (OH&S) report hazards, accidents and incidents
• Respect other staff, artists and customers
• Support art centre staff to maintain a respectful, safe and non-violent workplace

For more information regarding this position or the recruitment process please contact the Business
Manager (Wednesday to Friday) on (08) 79793452

Applicants are requested to submit written applications to:
Business Manager – Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre
Email: manager@manyhandsart.com.au

Congratulations to Hubert Pareroultja and Mervyn Rubuntja, ‘Through the veil of time’ – NATSIAA (2021)

Hubert Pareroultja and Mervyn Rubuntja win the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (NATSIAA) with their work on silk  ‘Through the veil of time’ (2021).

Judge’s comments: ‘Hubert Pareroultja and Mervyn Rubuntja’s immersive work Through the veil of time transported the judging panel to the Central Desert, and allowed us to experience Country through the eyes of the Hermannsburg School. Traditionally small-scale watercolourists, we were excited to see the artists working collaboratively and scaling up the size of their work’.

Now in its 38th year, the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) are considered the most exciting and prestigious art awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, bringing together entries from established and emerging artists, and reflecting the incredible variety of artwork being created by artists all over the country.

Through the veil of time is now on show at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Come work at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre – Job opportunity

Partnerships and Arts Development Officer – Position Description 
The role of the Partnerships and Arts Development Officer is to recruit new artists for Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre. The Partnerships and Arts Development Officer will establish collaborations with town-based organisations interested in offering a creative activity to their Aboriginal clients. Once potential new artists have been engaged, the Partnerships and Arts Development Officer will plan and deliver an arts program to the newly recruited artists.

Duties for the role include relationship building with town-based organisations, project planning, arts development, arts and artist support and advice, support with cultural activities, servicing an Aboriginal governing body, and administration and grant management.

Location: Alice Springs

About Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre
Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is an Aboriginal owned and governed Art Centre based in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. It was established in 2004 and consists of a painting studio and gallery space.

A small group of vibrant Western Aranda men and women – emerging and established artists – come together to paint, sing and enjoy a creative time together. Members of the centre are passionate about the Hermannsburg School of Art and are determined to keep the Namatjira tradition strong and alive for future generations. The artists of Iltja Ntjarra paint landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges using diverse techniques and mediums. They are celebrated for their scenic watercolour paintings on paper as well as their innovative arts projects including the transposing of circular imagery onto 1950’s-style skirts, a permanent mural at the Alice Plaza shopping centre in Alice Springs, and a collaborative collage artwork, highly commended at the 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

About the Capacity Building Program
Iltja Ntjarra is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent visual art mentoring skills, an innovative and creative vision and strong cross-cultural communication skills to engage new artists with a creative activity. The successful applicant will be establishing new relationships with town-based organisations, recruiting, and retaining new artists for Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre through the delivery of an arts program, together with established Iltja Ntjarra artists.

Working closely with the Board, members and staff, this is a part-time position (3 days a week) that requires the ability to work in a cross- cultural environment. Previous experience in a similar role will be highly regarded.

Duties and Responsibilities
Operational and Strategic duties

  • Activity work plan: develop a working plan in consultation with the governing committee, staff and artists, describing the creative activities that will be offered to the new members, including simple arts activities inspired by landscape painting.
  • Explore and establish partnerships with Alice Springs based organisations who activate young Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people with disability.
  • Engage existing artists at Iltja Ntjarra as mentors for the program.
  • Adhere to current projects and programs of the Art Centre as outlined in the organisation’s business and strategic plan and in accordance with applicable funding requirements and guidelines
  • Work cooperatively with and seek direction from the Iltja Ntjarra staff and Executive Committee
  • Report to the Manager and Executive Committee; ensure understanding of all policies, strategic planning, promotional and organisational issues
  • Recognize and respect existing traditional law and leadership frameworks as they impact on the governance of the Art Centre
  • Respect and encourage maintenance of indigenous language culture and tradition
  • Conduct himself/herself appropriately in respect of the protocol and culture of the Art Centre

Artistic and Professional Development Duties

  • Engage 6 to 10 young people and people with disability and deliver an arts program at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre.
  • Develop good working relationships with new and existing artists
  • Recognize and nurture artistic talent and advise artists on their professional development
  • Coordinate the production of quality art
  • Provide critical feedback as required and seek opportunities for raising artists professional profile
  • Organise bush trips for the production of artworks in country as appropriate

Selection Criteria
Please respond in writing to each of the essential and desirable criteria listed below.


  1. Tertiary qualifications and work experience in the arts or related industry
  2. Demonstrated organisational and planning skills and the ability to coordinate an arts program
  3. Ability to critically assess art and recognise and nurture artistic talent
  4. Demonstrated ability in a leadership and mentorship role, with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a team
  5. Highly organised with strong project management skills
  6. Proven written and oral communication skills and proficient IT skills
  7. Flexibility, ability to multitask and work in a high pressure environment
  8. Understanding of working with and reporting to Indigenous groups, individuals and communities
  9. Current police check / clearance
  10. An understanding of the importance of the maintenance of Indigenous languages and traditions
  11. A current driver’s license
  12. Experience in community development and or working in an inter-cultural context


  1. An understanding of and experience in arts administration including arts funding, manage budgets, and fulfill acquittal obligations
  2. Knowledge of the disability sector and experience working with people with disability
  3. An understanding of the Australian and international art markets as they apply to the Aboriginal art industry as well as an understanding of contemporary arts practice and the broader visual arts industry


Applicants are requested to submit written applications addressing the selection criteria and marked ‘Private and confidential’ addressed to:

Business Manager Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre

Email to manager@manyhandsart.com.au

For more information regarding this position or the recruitment process please contact the Business Manager (Wednesday to Friday) on (08) 79793452