Palya Art works with and for Australian Indigenous artists living in the north and north west of Australia through their community Art Centres.
In the beginning, when institutions and collectors asked Helen to source artwork from the remote communities she was visiting on a regular basis, she knew that keeping a good paperwork trail of accounts, artwork provenance and transparency of transactions was important for all concerned.
A logo was designed and a business name registered in 1994.The Palya Art logo comes from the coolamon (carrying dish) given to Helen by Narpulla Scobie Naparulla in 1985 when leaving her nursing sister post in Kintore – 600 kms west of Alice Springs, in Pintupi country. An intriguing and superbly designed object, the coolamon signified to Helen the generosity and integrity of the people she had been living with and who had taught her so much over her first frantic five months.
Palya Art’s logo is the Southern Cross with each side of Narpulla’s coolamon meeting in the middle. Palya is the Pintupi word for ˜good’, and a greeting. Palya? Yuwa (yes), Palya.
With Helen’s eye for artwork the new working relationship developed alongside Palya Art Tours (founded in 1986) and an annual back and forth flow evolved whereby Palya Art holds fine art exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Paris. People are ˜infected’ as Warlayirti Artists Director Sally Clifford has put it. As a result of the shows, people come on tour with Didgeri Air Art Tours (DAAT).
Palya Art is supported by community Art Centres who consign their artwork for sale and host DAAT visits. Art Centres – vital places of cultural expression, exchange, archive, commerce, resources, two way learning, artistry, heartbreak and joy – ever struggling to survive – are supported by Palya Art sales, DAAT visits and freely given information. Palya Art is happy to recommend other ethical galleries and encourages people to visit public galleries and exhibitions whenever they can.
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