Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that the following pages may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Daphne Banyawarra from Ramingining, photo courtesy of Bula’bula Arts

What is an Art Centre?

Art Centres play an important role in maintaining and strengthening cultural practices. They operate as meeting places and offer opportunities for training, education, career pathways and enterprise.

They also play a vital economic role in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This economic aspect is crucial not only to the Indigenous art and craft industry, but also to the health of the communities generally. Art Centre sales are often the only externally generated source of income.

The strengthening and positioning of Art Centres will ensure that Australia’s Indigenous art sector continues to flourish and excel. The economic independence of communities will help ensure that people can continue to live on their homelands, resulting in the preservation of traditional practices, ceremonies, language, art and spirituality. Art Centres often provide many social benefits which are not directly related to the arts. These services include assistance with health and medical requirements, aged care services, family business, education, legal, transport and financial management issues.

Arts Centres also provide a safe and supportive environment for artists and their families. Providing services such as these contributes to the social and physical health of community members.

Art Centres are…

Places of creativity
Fostering the creation of contemporary fine art.

Cultural keeping places
Art Centres dutifully put aside works of old and deceased artists for future reference by family and other community members.

Repositories of cultural knowledge
Art Centres are digitally recording images and documentation for community access now and by future generations.

Places for cultural rejuvenation
Art Centres are places where communities can renew cultural values and traditional lore.

Places that empower people
They are places where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is valued in both worlds. Connection to country is maintained and strengthened. It is a place where communities can share their successes and engage with the wider community.

Employment and training facilities
Art Centres are a key provider of training and employment in Indigenous Communities. They are organisations that are Indigenous owned and operated, and generate income from outside of their communities. This means that they are not recirculating welfare payments.

Film Makers
Many short documentary films are produced under the auspice of Art Centres which serve to inform and educate the wider community about Indigenous culture.

Technological hubs in communities
Art Centres are often at the cutting edge of new technologies introduced through graphic design and multi-media.

Contributors to GDP
The 2007 Senate Inquiry, “Indigenous Arts – Securing the Future” identified that: ‘More recent estimates place the value of the Indigenous visual arts sector at $400- $500 million’.


Our Art Centre Members

The DAAF Foundation is owned and operated by a membership of more than 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres from across Australia.


Aboriginal Art Centre Hub Western Australia

Anindilyakwa Art & Culture

Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre

Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA)

Artists of Ampilatwatja

Arts Ceduna

Babbarra Designs

Baluk Arts

Bana Yirriji Arts & Cultural Centre

Bima Wear

Buku-Larrnggay Mulka

Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Desart (Peak Body)

Djilpin Arts – Ghunmarn Culture Centre

Durrmu Arts

Elcho Island Arts

Ernabella Arts

Erub Arts

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts

Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Hermannsburg Potters

Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands

Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (Peak Body)

Injalak Arts & Crafts Association

Iwantja Arts

Juluwarlu Art Group

Kaiela Arts

Kaltjiti Arts

Karungkarni Art & Culture

Keringke Artists

Kira Kiro Art Centre

Ku’arlu Mangga (Good Nest)

Larrakia Nation Arts

Lockhart River Arts

Mangkaja Art Resource Agency

Maningrida Arts & Culture

Mardbark Arts & Crafts

Marnin Studio

Marrawuddi Arts

Maruku Arts and Crafts

Merrepen Arts Centre

Milingimbi Art & Culture

Mimi Aboriginal Arts & Crafts

Mirndiyan Gununa – MIART

Moa Arts

Mowanjum Artists

Mungart Boodja Art Centre

Munupi Arts and Pirlangimpi Women’s Centre

Ngaruwanajirri Incorporated

Ngukurr Arts

Ninuku Arts

Numbulwar Numburindi Arts

Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre

Papunya Tjupi

Pirlangimpi Women’s Centre

Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre

Spinifex Hill Artists

Tangentyere Artists

Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation

Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Tjarlirli Art

Umi Arts (Peak Body)

Utopia Art Centre

Walkatjara Art Centre

Warakurna Artists

Waralungku Arts

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

Warlayirti Artists

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Warmun Art Centre

Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Wik & Kugu Arts Centre

Wirnda Barna Artists Incorporated

Yamaji Art

Yarliyil Art Centre

Yinjaa-Barni Art Aboriginal Corporation