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Episode 37: Ku Arts Symposium in Port Augusta

Penelope Benton in conversation with Aboriginal artists and art centres during the Ku Arts symposium, a two-day professional development workshop in Port Augusta.

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L-R: Alison (Milyika) Carroll, Mr David Miller, Lavene Ngatokorua  and Marie Falcinella. Photograph by Penelope Benton

Ku Arts is the South Australian support organisation for Aboriginal artists and art centres, and recently hosted a professional development symposium and workshop in Port Augusta.


Penelope sat down for a conversation with Alison (Milyika) Carroll, an artist and the chair of Ernabella Arts (APY Lands), Mr David Miller an artist and chair of Ku Arts and Ninuku Arts (APY Lands), Lavene Ngatokorua , the director of Ku Arts Port Augusta region, on the board of Ku Arts, recipient of the 2018 NAIDOC Lifetime achievement award in Port Augusta and Marie Falcinella, the CEO of Ku Arts.


The discussion covers the history and importance of art centres in the region, the role of art in sustaining and building culture as well as the value of professional development workshops to the future of creative practice and the capacity of artists.