Baillie Lodges has expanded its partnership with the remote Indigenous community of Pukatja (also known as Ernabella) as it prepares to welcome a group of artists-in-residence to its luxury desert camp at Uluru, Longitude 131°.
The luxury lodge operator has signed a two year agreement with Ernabella Arts, Australia’s oldest Indigenous arts centre located at Pukatja in South Australia’s far north-west, to provide funding support for the operations and further ceramics education for the community’s internationally recognised artists.
Longitude 131° has worked closely with Ernabella Arts since 2014, commissioning artworks for display at the lodge and operating bespoke expeditions to Ernabella for its visiting guests. To date, the lodge has helped generate $120,000 in income for Ernabella Arts. The partnership has provided an important way of connecting Longitude 131° with the region’s Indigenous heritage while at the same time providing business opportunities for the Pukatja community.
The new partnership will provide an additional $100,000 over the next two years and offer broader support to the Ernabella artists and their community. At the heart of the agreement is the funding of an education program designed to provide ceramics training for the young and old people of Pukatja.
The agreement will provide funding for a dedicated ceramic technician and operational support for Ernabella Arts with the aims of supporting the community’s artists until the business can be self-sustaining and offering the artists a solid foundation from which to further develop their artistic practice.
As part of the partnership, celebrated artists from Ernabella Arts will visit Longitude 131° between November 15-19, 2016, working as artists-in-residence in the Dune House and providing a rare opportunity for guests at the lodge to meet the artists and learn more about their work. It will be the fourth group of artists Longitude 131° has welcomed in the past year.
Baillie Lodges Director Hayley Baillie said she was delighted to see the relationship grow between Longitude 131° and Ernabella, and was proud to be working in partnership with the talented community of Indigenous artists.
“It’s a wonderful privilege for Baillie Lodges to provide support for the artists and broader community at Ernabella, as well as offering our guests at Longitude 131° the experience of meeting the artists-in-residence or visiting their remote community on an unforgettable expedition,” Ms Baillie said.