A few weeks ago, Sydney’s newest gallery welcomed opening-night guests, in their numbers spilling over into the street! APY Gallery is unlike anything Australia has seen before. Run by the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjar (APY) Centre Collective, the recent art scene addition brings together 10 Indigenous owned and operated enterprises, creating a platform to exhibit and celebrate the work of young and emerging APY Artists.
‘An Aboriginal owned gallery in Sydney is something the Elders of the APY Lands have been working towards for many years,’ says APY Art Centre Collective director Nyurpaya Kaika, adding that they are ‘focused on creating a better future for our young people.’
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) are located in remote Central Australia, where seven art centres facilitate and market the work of over 500 Indigenous artists. APY Art Centres are powerful places, and vital to the community. The landmark Sydney space provides APY artists with the opportunity to hone their skills and build strong connections within the art world, facilitated by an organisation that inherently understands culture, history and tradition.
An Indigenous-run art gallery and development with strong links to the commercial world in a major Australian city is something sorely needed within the art community – stay tuned for what’s next!
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