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 Aboriginal Indigenous Artist © Trephina Sultan / ThanguwaThere are many opportunities in Alice Springs to purchase that little memento of your visit, from the Sunday markets and the local tourist shops, through to the well established arts and craft galleries. There is something for everyone.

Central Australian arts and crafts come in many different forms and styles, created by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists. There are artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds who work within contemporary and traditional fields ranging from the visual arts, performance, film, theatre, music, multi-media, through to sculpture, print, oil, acrylic and a multitude of other forms.

With approximately thirty community arts organisations in Alice Springs alone, the region is also home to a diverse Indigenous regional art centre and arts organisations. It is this Indigenous art that many visitors come to see and experience. Check out our listings, and also take the time to visit our NT Aboriginal Tourism section.

Check out local Aboriginal artists Trephina Sultan Thanguwa, June Sultan, Rex Sultan-Jabangardi. Additional artists coming soon include: Audrey Rubuntja and Clarabelle Swift.

Alice Springs Galleries

Aboriginal Australia Art & Culture CentreAlice Springs Gallery
• 125 Todd St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 3408 • Fax: 08 8953 2678 • Email / Email
For 40,000 years this area has been a traditional ‘meeting place’ for the trading of Aboriginal artefacts, knowledge, Aboriginal Art and Aboriginal Culture. You can now experience our vibrant living culture today, through our website or drop into our gallery. 100% Aboriginal owned and operated.
desArt
• Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Centres
• 11/54 Todd Street Mall (Reg Harris Lane), ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871
• Ph: +61 8 8953 4736 • Fax: +61 8 8953 4517 • Email

Welcome to Central Australian Aboriginal Art. The creators of this vibrant art and craft live right across the vast, arid, sparsely populated centre of the continent, which spans Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. The Aboriginal Art Centres listed on desArt are Aboriginal owned and controlled. They are professionally managed to ensure ethical practice. 100% of the return goes directly to Aboriginal families or organisations. These Art Centres are a vital part of remote community life. They provide much needed income and employment opportunities as well as being a focus for family connection, social and cultural activities and the means to celebrate Aboriginal identity.

How can I visit an Art Centre?
Most of the Art Centres in this association welcome visitors. Seeing the artists at work and meeting and speaking to artists about their culture is an unforgettable experience. However many Art Centres are very remote, some require permits to visit, many have 4WD access only, at most you cannot stay overnight, and most are closed on weekends.

Art Centres may be closed for community activities. That is why it is essential that you contact any Art Centre before visiting - see our website for contact details or pick up the brochure from the local visitor centre. For further information contact desArt.
Boomerang Art - Gallery and Artist Studio
• 24 Parsons St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph/Fax: 08 8952 0199 • Email
Discover one of the finest collections of original paintings by internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artists from Central Australia. Browse our online gallery by artist.
Central Craft • Central Australian Territory Craft Inc
• Central Craft is at the Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drv, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 4417 • Email
Central Craft is a member based not-for-profit organisation in Alice Springs that supports and promotes contemporary craft and design practice in Central Australia. There is a retail outlet and gallery space for craftspeople and the community. See their website for opening hours of the Retail Outlet and June Marriott Gallery.
Leaping Lizards Gallery and Studio
• Shop 6/89 Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 5021 • Email
Features fine Australian art and craft. Works are of a consistent high standard and the beautifully presented gallery appeals to a discerning local and tourist audience.
Ngurratjuta Iltja NtjarraMany Hands Art Centre
• 29 Wilkinson St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: +61 8 8951 1953 • Email
• Opening hours: 10 am to 4 pm, Mon to Fri / Artists painting on site 10am to 4pm, Mon to Thurs
The Ngurratjuta Art Centre was established in 2003 to provide a place for Western Arrarnte Artists to paint, learn new techniques and share ideas.

Many of Ngurratjuta's artists paint in their own homes located on remote communities.  The artists are always welcome to paint on site at the Art Centre and at any given time there are between five and twenty town-based artists painting on site.  The Art Centre is located a short distance from the centre of Alice Springs (approximately 15 minute walk) and is open to visitors.
Mbantua Gallery & Cultural MuseumAustralian Aboriginal Art
• 71 Gregory Terrace, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 5571 • Email
Mbantua art gallery is home to a large collection of aboriginal artwork including dot paintings, symbols and indigenous sculpture from the Central Desert region of Australia.
Outback Art Gallery
• Aileron Roadhouse, Stuart Hwy, NT • Ph: 08 8956 9111 • Email
• Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Located just 132 km north of Alice Springs, at the base of the giant Anmatjere Man sculptor is this gallery housing works from the local Anmatjere people and surrounding areas. Relax and enjoy a coffee in a peaceful setting and view the artwork and souvenirs.
Papunya Tula Artists
• 63 Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 4731 • Fax: 08 8953 2509 • Email
This company is entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people from the Western Desert, predominantly of the Luritja/Pintupi language groups. The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, provide economic development for the communities to which they belong, and to support and assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.
Spinifex Gallery
• 79 Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 2500 • Mobile: 0414 525 471
Walkabout Australia
• Shop 21, 59 Elder St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: +61 8 8952 2553 • Fax: +61 8 8953 1836 • Email
Aboriginal art from the heart. Go walkabout into into the dreamtime of today's Aboriginal people. Discover, experience and purchase on line high quality Aboriginal art, ceramics, jewellery and clothing painted by over 30 Aboriginal men and women artists from the Central Australian Desert based in Alice Springs, Australia.
Winjeel Art & Artefacts
• Shop 1/74 Todd St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8953 0870
Yanda Aboriginal Art
• Shop 7 Gregory House, Gregory Terrace, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: +61 8 8953 6668 • Mobile: 0418 205 062 • Fax: +61 8 8952 1246 • Email
Yanda Aboriginal Art is now recognised as the leading independent source of high calibre Aboriginal artworks, and specialising in works from leading Western Desert Artists of the Western Desert region.

To view other galleries promoting Aboriginal art, click here...

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Trephina Sultan
Trephina Sultan was born in Alice Springs in Central Australia. Visitors to the Alice Springs area have been purchasing Trephina’s paintings over many years. The paintings reflect her family's culture, upbringing as a young child, and stories as told by her Elders.

Her work include the ‘dot style’ synonymous with Aboriginal art, including the many symbolism and iconography that represent the vegetation, food source, flora and fauna that is representative of Central Australia. A more recent work, is her ‘Tjanpi Kampanyi’ (Burning Grass), a move away from her previous traditional works.

As well as producing art of different sizes, from the small to the wall size canvases, Trephina has also created pieces by request. A recent commissioned painting incorporated ‘blues’, representing water.

Other works have included the interpretation of stories:
  • Kulu - the landing of a meteorite and the beginning of life
  • Grandmothers Way - Elder Ladies teaching the children stories, songs and dance and to have respect for the land

You can place an order for a commissioned piece by Trephina through AusEmade. For more details and a sample of her works, click here...

Selma Coulthard
Irrmakara (Running Waters) © Selma Coulthard / Deadly Artists
Selma Coulthard from the Pertama Maduthara Luritja Tribe from Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs Station) which is located south west of Alice Springs in Central Australia.

Born in Alice Springs in 1954, she grew up at Tempe Downs, until the government started to remove half caste kids from their families and put them in mission boarding homes. She was taken to Hermannsburg (Ntaria) where she did her schooling. It is here that her love for art started.

Having seen the Namatjira brothers doing their painting in Ntaria and around tourism camps such as Glen Helen and Palm Valley, she realised she wanted to be an artist, and today hope that her work will be recognised.

Visitors and locals can sometimes see Selma at the Todd Mall Markets in Alice Springs. You can view some of her works on Deadly Artists, or you can order a commission work.
June Sultan Narpandi-Arpungada
Sultanas (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan
June Sultan Narpandi-Arpungada

I have been painting for over 13 years now. My art is inspired by my brother Reg Sultan and my extended family including aunts and uncles.

I have 3 children - 2 daughters and 1 son. My daughters Faye and Margaret also do paintings.

My paintings are traditional stories of bush tucker and bush medicine. I also paint more abstract pieces about Aboriginal culture.

I have been painting here in Alice Springs for some years now. Many of my friends know to find me at Todd Mall, especially on market day. If you are in town, you can usually see me sitting in my camping chair or a blanket on the grassy verge, with my paintings.

You can view some of my works through this website, click here...

Honey ants (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Sultana (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Witchetty grubs (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Honey suckle © June Sultan
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Alice Springs Arts and Crafts

CAAMA Shop
• 101 Todd St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8951 9713 • Email
In the late 1970's, in the heart of Australia, two Aboriginal people and a non-Aboriginal associate had a dream. The dream was for Aboriginal voices to be heard throughout the world and for Aboriginal people to take ownership and control of their own future through a strong and vibrant media centre to be located in Alice Springs.

The dream became a reality in 1980 when the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) was established.

Visit the Satellite Dreaming Centre and learn about the history of Aboriginal media!

CAAMA Music Distributor, CAAMA Production Distributor, printed Aboriginal fabric, Yamba gear, didgeridoos.
Central Craft • Central Australian Territory Craft Inc
• Central Craft is at the Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drv, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 4417 • Email
Central Craft is a member based not-for-profit organisation in Alice Springs that supports and promotes contemporary craft and design practice in Central Australia. There is a retail outlet and gallery space for craftspeople and the community. See their website for opening hours of the Retail Outlet and June Marriott Gallery.
Leaping Lizards Gallery and Studio
• Shop 6/89 Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 5021 • Email
Features fine Australian art and craft. Works are of a consistent high standard and the beautifully presented gallery appeals to a discerning local and tourist audience.
Muk Muk Aboriginal Art
• Ph/Fax: 08 8953 6333 • Email
Located in Alice Springs, Muk Muk Aboriginal Art was started after working in the indigenous communities for over 25 years. Having developed a passion for Aboriginal culture and their art, we are very fortunate to be able to work directly with many Aboriginal artist, having forged a strong friendship with many prominent Aboriginal artists, we are able to offer authentic Aboriginal artwork.
Tjanpi Aboriginal Baskets
• Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation • 3 Wilkinson St, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8950 5489 • Fax: 08 8950 5441 • Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm
Tjanpi is the Aboriginal women’s basket weaving project which evolved in the Central Western Desert region in 1995. Women have always made several items from fibres: hair belts, hair rings, head bands, shoes from bark and feathers, and hair string skirts or face coverings for modesty and ceremonial purposes.

Ngaanyatjarra communities in Western Australia were the first to start weaving in 1995 after the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council initiated an ATSIC-funded training program in the region. Ngaanyatjarra women then taught their new skills to nearby Pitjantjatjara, Pintubi, Yankunytjatjara and Luritja communities. Today, basket weaving is still spreading further and further across the desert with different regions developing their own styles.

Once the grass is collected from the bush, women spend two to four days to complete a basket. Needles and string are brought from community stores or are sometimes made from tinned meat keys. Whilst out collecting grass, women take time to hunt and gather food, teach their children about their country, visit sacred sites and sing songs from their country.

Visit the NPY Women’s Council office shop and buy direct from the Aboriginal women. There are baskets, beads and T-shirts at wholesale prices. All profits support the Aboriginal owned Tjanpi Project.
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Alice Springs Art Supplies

Jacksons Drawing Supplies PL
• Shop 9, Cummings Plaza, TODD MALL / ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 5552 • Email
Huge range of products on a retail or wholesale basis. We specialise in Fine Art, Drawing Supplies, Technical Drawing Materials, Ceramics and Craft Supplies. Our merchandise is of the highest quality and sourced from the four corners of the world.
Hans Boessem
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