ANKA serves Aboriginal artists and 47 Aboriginal-owned Art Centres and artist groups across one million square kilometres of northern Australia.
It supports over 5000 Aboriginal artists, many of whom are internationally acclaimed and respected cultural leaders.
Aboriginal Art Centres provide economic, cultural and social benefits for some of Australia's most disadvantaged communities, they lead the way in caring for the nation's intangible cultural heritage for all Australians.
Listening to members.
Advocacy and Lobbying
Talking up for and protecting interests
Strong Business Program
Teaching and opening up pathways for professional development.
Referral and Networking
Putting members in touch with each other, other organisations and resources.
Marketing and Promotion
Telling people about Art Centres and artists.
ANKA’s Arts Worker Extension Program (AWEP) is the leading professional development and career pathways program for Aboriginal arts workers from remote communities in Northern Australia.
The program addresses key Indigenous employment and training needs in community Art Centres, strengthens Aboriginal workforce participation, and builds Indigenous arts leadership nationally.
‘You don’t get strong art without strong culture’. ANKA Kimberley Artists Statement
The ANKA Cultural Legacy Program recognises that caring for culture and Indigenous traditional knowledge is essential to keep contemporary Aboriginal art strong.
Elders want to pass on traditional knowledge for the grand-children and all Australians.
Art Centre based community collections (objects and digital) keep objects close to family, in a living relationship.
Northern Art Centres are leading the way in caring for Australia’s intangible Indigenous cultural heritage for all Australians. They need our support.