Sharon Adamson, the great-granddaughter of the late Tiger Palpatja, is an emerging painter who works from Tjala Arts Centre. Juggling the dual demands of artistic commitment and recent motherhood, the artist has felt the career struggles of working from a remote community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Yet Adamson’s paintings are now heading to Sydney as part of the first exhibition in APY Art Centre Collective’s new gallery space.
The APY Art Centre Collective is an organisation that supports 10 Indigenous owned and governed enterprises who work from the APY Lands in northern South Australia.
“The APY Art Centre Collective was established by the elders to support regional collaborations and artists,” says APY Collective manager Skye O’Meara. “These are the only vehicles of employment in the community. They are places where culture is celebrated in community and elders instruct younger generations.”