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The Association of Northern Central Australian Aboriginal Artists ("ANCAAA") was originally established in March 1987, by 16 Aboriginal owned and controlled community art and craft centres from NT, WA and SA. Its main function was to foster the Aboriginal arts industry for the benefit of its artists and organisations. In 1992 the Central region incorporated to become Desart. At this time ANCAAA changed its name to ANKAAA by substituting Kimberley for Central. Today, ANKAAA represents up to 5,000 Artists from 49 art and craft centres located in the Tiwi Islands and the Darwin/Katherine, Kimberley, and Arnhem Land regions.

The core mission of ANKAAA defined by the members and Board of Directors in December 2007 is to serve our members  by working together to:

  • keep art, culture and country strong;
  • support the development of strong sustainable art centres;
  • develop training and professional pathways for young people to learn;
  • keep our voices strong and respected; and
  • support the continuing development of the Indigenous arts industry for our artists.

This is achieved through working with members,  Art Centres’ governing committees and staff in the following areas:

  • Consultation (listening to members)
  • Advocacy & Lobbying (talking up for members and Art Centres; protecting artists’ rights)
  • Resourcing and supporting  (helping and giving information)
  • Training (teaching)
  • Referral and networking  (putting members in touch with each other and other organisations and resources)
  • Marketing and Promotion (telling people about Art Centres and artists)

ANKAAA is non profit government funded Aboriginal Association. ANKAAA’s main operational funding is provided by the Federal Office for the Arts (OFTA) through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program (IVAIS). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council of the Arts and Arts NT  (NRETAS) fund ANKAAA to achieve the outcomes of the Business Plan. ANKAAA also has project funding from theAboriginal Benefits Account (ABA), Western Australian Department for Culture and the Arts, and the Indigenous Training For Employment Program (ITEP) a partnership between Northern Territory and Federal Governments. Country Arts WA has also funded ANKAAA activities in past years.

ANKAAA is governed by an Indigenous board of twelve directors, with three directors elected from each of the four regions (and a further stand-in member for each region). The corporation is registered under the Office of the Registar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and the rules of the corporation are outlined in the ANKAAA Rule Book (constitution) .A Values Statement was drafted by the ANKAAA Board of Directors in December 2008 following wide consultation with members. ANKAAA registered for Deductible Gift Recipient Status(DGR) in 2010 through the Register of Cultural Organisation (ROCO).

The ANKAAA staff positions for 2012 include the following positions;

  • Executive Officer
  • Manager: Operations Delivery (to be recruited)
  • Resource and Development Officer
  • Resource and Development Officer
  • Resource and Development Support Officer
  • Administration Officer
  • Bookkeeper – part time contract
  • Accountant – contract

ANKAAA envisages recruitment of the new Operations Manager Position in 2012 which will increase capacity for additional project positions.

Contact us for more information.



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