Established in 2004, Kayili Artists is a 100% community owned enterprise for the Ngaanyatjarra and Ngaatjatjarra people located in the small community of Patjarr in the Gibson Desert, 240 kilometres north of Warburton in Western Australia. Kayili Artists’ aim is to facilitate the artists of Patjarr to develop a sustainable community owned and managed enterprise, generate income and provide resources to uphold its unique identity and culture.
Kayili Artists are known for their honest and often raw portrayal of tjukurrpa or dreaming in acrylic on canvas and board. Art is an important vehicle for expressing Ngaanyatjarra and Ngaatjatjarra culture and identity and serves as an important inter-generational tool for learning in the community. Today the artists of Patjarr are recognised both nationally and internationally for their art.