Governance of Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation  (ICN 3834) is governed by an Indigenous Board elected by artists across the state.  The organisation is incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander) Act 2006. It is listed on the Minister’s Register of Cultural Institutions, and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) with charitable status. It has both Tax Concession Charity Status and Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Status (TDGR). Ananguku Arts works closely with the Palya Fund, an ancillary trust established in 2007 to benefit artists through Ananguku Arts.

Current Board members

Paul Andy - Ernabella Arts, Chair of Ananguku Arts
Josephine Mick - Ninuku Arts, Kalka and Pipalyatjara
Maureen Williams – Coober Pedy: Statewide Indigenous Artists’ representative
Steve Eland  - Independent Director
Hon Stephen Lieschke  - Independent Director


Acknowledging our founders

Ananguku Arts acknowledges the founders of the organisation and those who have served previously as Board members to make Ku Arts strong.

At the first meeting in 1997 to set up Ananguku Arts & Culture Committee, present were Inawanytji Williamson, Makinti Minatjukur, Langaliki Derose (dec’d), Susie Prince Presley  (Iwantja), Beverley Peacock, Donald Fraser (interpreter), Louise Partos, Cheryl Hawkins-Clarke, Alex Reid, Peter Battarni (Arts SA), Mrs Ken, Mrs Brown, Mary Pan, Tracey-Lee Smith, and Ron Brien (Desart). The first General Manager was Colin Koch and Inawinytji Williamson was the Founding Chairperson

Inawinytji Williamson AM, Senior Cultural Advisor

Inawinytji Williamson was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the Indigenous community. Now resident in Adelaide, Inawinytji was the founding Chairperson of Ananguku Arts. Inawinytji is the daughter and niece of senior Law men Andy Tjilari and Gordon Inkatji. As a senior law woman herself, she has a prodigious knowledge of Tjukurpa (stories). Ananguku Arts is fortunate to have her as a senior cultural advisor, and she is also a valued Trustee of the Palya Fund.

Inawinytji began making batik and painting at Kaltjiti Arts and Crafts, in her home community, as a young mother. She is an accomplished artist, in batik, acrylics on canvas and weaving. She went on to become a senior artist in that art centre and a field worker for Country Arts SA on the APY Lands. When Inawinytji moved to Adelaide for health reasons she became a driving force in starting up arts and culture organisations for artists from the APY Lands living in Adelaide.

Inawinytji is often called on as a storyteller, for her skills as an interpreter and to open exhibitions.

Ananguku Arts acknowledges the commitment of former Chair Paniny Mick (Amata) and senior artists who have been long-serving Board members Tjunkaya Tapaya (Ernabella), Hector Burton (Amata), Ray Ken (Amata), Alec Baker (Iwantja) Kunmanara (Lorraine) Edwards (Mimili), Tjangali George (Fregon), Molly Miller (Kalka), Teresa Mula (Mimili), Tjaria Stanley (Ernabella), and Kanakiya Tjanyari (Indulkana)

The Watiku Sub-Committee formed in 2007 to represent men working in Art Centres was headed up by Hector Burton (Sub-committee Chairperson, Tjala Arts). Committee members included one of the founders of Iwantja Arts, Alec Baker (Iwantja Arts), Pepai Carroll (Ernabella Arts), Kunmanara (Teddy) Edwards (Mimili Maku), and Witchetty George (Kaltjiti Arts). The committee coopted Keith Stevens (Tjungu Palya), and Shaun Williamson (Ninuku Arts). In 2009 Hector worked with artist Wayne Eager on the successful Watiku Program supporting men’s professional development in art centres across the APY Land.

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