Papunya Tjupi is situated in the community of Papunya approximately 250 kilometres west from Alice Springs. Papunya and the surrounding communities are home to scores of highly collectable artists who started their careers with Papunya Tula Artists in the early 1970s. Their children and grandchildren are the new generation of artists from this region, the cradle of contemporary desert painting.
The art centre Papunya Tjupi was founded in 2007 after years of effort by senior men Michael Jagamara Nelson AO and Long Jack Phillipus. The community elders’ main motivation was to have an art centre based in the community where they could use art to teach the young people about their traditional culture, and to give artists a permanent place to paint.
Papunya Tjupi artists continue to be inspired by their ancient Tjukurpa, while allowing personal histories and memories to be interwoven through their rich canvases.