Strong arts, strong culture, strong communities

Arts kunpu, tjukurpa kunpu, waltja tjuta kunpu

Alison Milyika Carroll and her granddaughter, Lavita. Photo: Ernabella Arts

Alison Milyika Carroll and her granddaughter, Lavita. Photo: Ernabella Arts

Ku Arts is the South Australian support organisation for Aboriginal art centres and artists. We have a twenty-year history of providing advocacy, support services, creative skills and professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers across all stages of their careers in support of a strong and vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts sector. 

We have great aspirations for our Aboriginal art centres and communities and want to play a part in maintaining and celebrating culture in every part of our work. We know this is especially important for our young people- they are our future leaders. Through our work we wish to contribute to their creativity, health, wellbeing and hopes.

Ku Arts is an organisation that looks forward and outwards, building new relationships across sectors locally, nationally and internationally, while exploring new ways of doing and creating. Through this we also hope to spread the broader benefits of the arts and will think holistically as we do our work. We recognise that engaging in arts and cultural practice has positive wellbeing and economic benefits for artists and communities.

Ku Arts will always look, listen, learn and speak our stories.



Ku Arts works for and with Aboriginal artists, art centres and arts workers across South Australia, delivering support services that allow them to realise their aspirations.

Nganana kunpu kanyinma arts munu culture nganampa tjitji nganampa tjutaku.

We help keep arts centres strong, and our culture strong for our children- they are our future leaders.



Culture– is the heart of our art and all that we do.

Respect– for people, culture, language, difference and ideas.

Inclusive– being open and honest, listening to the views of others, encouraging participation and collaboration.

Integrity – professional service delivery, ensuring we are always ethical, accountable and transparent.

principles of our constitution

Ngapartji ngapartji kulinma munu iwara wanama tjukarurungku: Respect each other and follow the law straight

Piluntjungku: Peaceful and calm

Kalypangku: Conciliatory

Kututu mukulyangku: Kindhearted

Tjungungku: United 


To view the Ku Arts Strategic Plan 2019 - 2019

Ku Arts is building a warm nest that welcomes everyone and grows bigger over time.
— Alison Milyika Carroll, Anangu Mayatja, 2018