What We Do

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 want a good future for the next generation
— Ku Arts Directors, 2018
 Ku Arts Anangu Mayatja, Alison Milyika Carroll, gives an opening address in Pitjantjatjara language at the opening of TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2017. Photo: Ku Arts

Ku Arts Anangu Mayatja, Alison Milyika Carroll, gives an opening address in Pitjantjatjara language at the opening of TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2017. Photo: Ku Arts

Art Centre Support

Practical, on the ground support for art centre boards, staff and artists, including governance, staff inductions, best practice management, arts worker training and development as well as supporting strategies for the engagement of emerging and young artists and cultural practitioners. 

Professional Development

Ku Arts provides professional and creative skills 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. 

Advocacy

We make sure the voices of our member art centres and artists are heard. Ku Arts has lobbied on behalf of its membership on a range of issues including sustainable funding, employment opportunities in the arts and cultural sector and major infrastructure upgrades for art centres.

SICAD Project

Ku Arts developed the Statewide Indigenous Community Arts Development (SICAD) Project in 2006, a program stream to support artists outside of APY Lands where there are typically no Aboriginal art centres.

 Molly Miller, Samuel Miller and Monica Watson working on a collaborative painting, Ninuku Arts 2018. Photo: Ku Arts

Molly Miller, Samuel Miller and Monica Watson working on a collaborative painting, Ninuku Arts 2018. Photo: Ku Arts