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Jila 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.

Teresa Baker working on this fabulous piece for our galleries minma malilu. Size: 180 x 120cm

Jila Arts Studio

Jila Arts has artists in the studio, providing a safe and secure place to paint. Over the years many ongoing relationships have formed, allowing many lessons to be learned. 

The talented artist Colleen Wallace with her beautiful painting. Title: Dreamtime Sisters. Size: 150cm x 120cm

About the Artwork

Jila Arts takes great pride in representing a large range of high quality artworks by highly talented Indigenous artists. There is a piece for everyone, from the collectors and investors to at-home art lovers.

All Jila Arts’ paintings come with a Certificate of Authenticity, detailing the artist’s biography, inspiration for the piece and a photograph of the artist with their finished artwork: now yours to enjoy and treasure.

Each Jila Arts painting is painted on Belgium linen with acrylic paints. The linen has been primed, sized, and stretched before the artist paints on it. This is an excellent surface for painting on and ensures each is a standard size, ready to be framed once you are home. This preparation and supply of resources means the artists who work with Jila Arts can focus on creating the artwork. 

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