Job Opportunity: Manager, Durrmu Arts


Durrmu Arts

Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation is renowned for its fine, contemporary art production, including acrylic painting and fibre work. Senior artist Regina Wilson (winner, General Painting, Telstra National Indigenous Art Award 2003) leads a team of talented emerging and established artists including Dianne Hodgson, Kathleen Korda, Margaret Kundu, Rosina Tirak, Miriam Byrnes, Anastasia Wilson, Annunciata Wilson and Anne-Carmel Wilson.

The paintings of Peppimenarti are based upon traditional weaving and durrmu (body painting dot) designs. These are complemented by the women artists’ premium pandanus and sand-palm fibre weaving work.
Durrmu Arts has collectively developed a distinct artistic voice within the indigenous art world, whilst encouraging and sustaining the individual expression of its artists. The core objective of the Art Centre is to support local artists to share their culture, create high quality traditional and contemporary art and derive an income from their creative endeavors.

Peppimenarti is located 300km south west of Darwin, NT, and was founded in 1973 as a permanent settlement for the Ngan’gikurrunggurr people. ‘Peppi’ translates as rock and ‘menarti’ as large, referring to the sacred rock formation that overlooks the community. Since its establishment, Peppimenarti has been viewed as a success story on the Daly River and beyond.


The Manager is responsible for overseeing the many facets of the Art Centre’s daily operation and the ongoing success of its artistic programs, production and financial growth, including artist and professional development, stock and supply control and cataloguing administration.

We need an experienced, highly organised and focussed individual with a proven capacity in a leadership role and a strong understanding of the contemporary Indigenous art industry.

We need someone who is resourceful, strategic and practical, with the ability to lead by example and practice.

It is an excellent opportunity for someone who has demonstrated experience achieving positive economic, social, and artistic impact to take one of Australia’s most well renowned Art Centres to the next level. Small business management skills and knowledge of the art industry are essential.

The position is full time with a two-year contract being offered and the opportunity to extend.

Relevant background checks will apply.

Benefits Include:

  • House and electricity supplied
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Reasonable relocation expenses
  • Superannuation

For more information and job pack please email Frances Grant on

Applications close March 6 2017.