Ninuku Arts is a wholly-Indigenous owned and governed Art Centre which supports artists from two communities – Pipalyatjara and Kalka.
Both communities are located in the far north-western corner of South Australia, near the tri-state border of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Each have populations of around 100-150 Anangu and the majority are Pitjantjatjara speakers.
Nyayati Stanley Young
Nyayati Stanley Young was born west of Irrunytju at a secret sacred rockhole site, in around 1949. He grew up in the bush, travelling with his family around Irrunytju and Pipalyatjara. He went to school at Ernabella Mission, but returned to Pipalyatjara as a man where he taught white fella’s Pitjantjatjara. Nyayati has had many other jobs including a geologist for mining companies, rubbish truck driver and cattleman, working on the Amata station and Mulga Park station. He tells of one story when he rode from Alice Springs to Kalka bareback in a race with a friend. He now lives in Kalka Community and is a senior lawman, respected elder and celebrated dancer.