Our StoryJila Arts is an Aboriginal art gallery and art studio in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Jila Arts has a focus on Contemporary Art from the Central and Western desert regions around Alice Springs.
Jila Art's has two store Front locations situated in the Todd Mall in Alice Springs.
What does Jila mean?
Surviving in the desert is only possible if you have access to a permanent water source. For the Indigenous people who lived across the Great Sandy Desert, these water sources were called Jila.
Some of these permanent water sources were considered to be a ‘living’ thing, with some inhabited by powerful spiritual beings. Across the desert these Jilas are linked by Dreaming Tracks that connect different countries and peoples.
One of these Jilas came to be the basis of the Alice Springs settlement.