View from the water tower in Papunya

The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971, when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged some of the men to paint a blank school wall. The murals sparked interest in the community and soon many men started painting and in 1972, the artists successfully established their own company, reaching overseas and national markets.

The facilities include football, KickStart program, basketball and tennis courts and Papunya Music Studio. Incumbent members have each purchased A.T.V./quad bikes and enjoy exploring the local ranges and countryside. Members have developed a vegetable garden to have a regular supply of fresh vegetables.


Papunya School caters for primary and middle years and Alice Springs School of the Air or boarding school in Alice Springs for secondary education.

Health services

There is a health clinic with resident nurses. The council manages a maternal and baby program and women’s centre, aged care, child care, a Juvenile Diversionary Unit and youth program activities.


  • Local swimming holes and rivers
  • Papunya Tjupi Arts