Indigenous Art and Culture

The vibrant collection of artworks in Central Australia will delight art lovers big and small, young and old. The region is full of a rich culture landscape that inspires traditional and contemporary artists. Discover superb dot paintings and watercolours at private and collectively owned galleries in Alice Springs or venture further afield to community art centres to see artists at work.

The country throughout Central Australia has close ties with Indigenous people who are the original custodians of the region and have a unique relationship to the land. Their art forms and dream-time stories invest meaning in its mysteries, weaving a connection between spirit and country.

  • Maruku Arts

    For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned and operated by Anangu. Approximately 900 Anangu artists, belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. The name, Maruku, literally means “belonging to black”. This is because Maruku is owned […]

  • Ikuntji Artists

    Ikuntji Artists is a member-based, not for profit, Aboriginal art centre. It is situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) and has a board of seven Indigenous directors all of whom live and work locally. Haasts Bluff has a population of around 150 people. Ikuntji Artists is registered charity with both DGR and PBI status, which means you […]

  • Hermannsburg Historic Precint

    Wurtai (welcome) to Hermannsburg (Ntaria), Western Aranda country. Experience a truly remarkable part of Central Australia’s history. Wander around the old Lutheran Mission and get a glimpse of life as it was for the early pioneers and their families. Learn about how the European settlers and local Aranda people built a thriving community, despite many […]

  • Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre

    The Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre (pronounced Arlboe) was officially opened on 27th June 2008 in Ali Curung, Northern Territory, Australia. The traditional owners of this land belong to Katetye language group, with Allawara, Warlpiri and Warramungu being the three other language groups that form the community. The Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre’s members feel […]

  • Araluen Cultural Precinct

    The Araluen Cultural Precinct includes art galleries and a theatre, the Museum of Central Australia, including the Strehlow Research Centre, the Central Australian Aviation Museum, Central Craft, Yaye’s Café, and a host of significant public works of art and Arrernte sacred sites. The heart of the precinct, the Araluen Arts Centre operates as the visual art and performance hub of Central Australia, presenting an […]

  • Aboriginal Fabric Gallery

    Aboriginal Fabric Gallery are a Fabric/Patchwork shop in the heart of Alice Springs, a few steps from the Todd Mall, and have been in the Alice for more than 15 years! They specialise in authentic Aboriginal and Australiana fabric, printed on 100% quality cotton. The Gallery also stock Batik and other plain cotton homespun. Fabrics are pre-cut […]