After the first hick-ups however, community has now settled into a good place. We are happy that we’ve been able to remain safe and healthy
during all this, and we understand how critical the coming weeks and months are going to be.
For the art centre, these past few months have been… stressful, challenging, and reassuring. After closing the studio for a week to
assess the situation and making the space “COVID-proof”, we have remained open to the senior artists and Elders. Due to the biosecurity
restrictions, some of the usual services have ceased to exist, so the art centre has filled some of those gaps, providing a safe space for
the Elders to eat, access information, connect with social services, collect firewood ... and paint!
During this time, we’ve really seen pre-existing fault lines exposed: services that aren’t really working at the best of times, have
ceased to exist or relate in any significant way to people’s realities in community. The art centre is a unique position to respond to
these circumstances very quickly. Like all community-run art centres, we are governed by a board of Elders. Unlike all other
organisations in community, which are government-run and funded, we are an organisation that was started by Anangu, and is run by Anangu
every step of the way. This means that we are used to responding to changed circumstances. We are used to redefining what we are, and
what we do. So, in a way, the COVID crisis has played to our strengths; we are flexible and used to adjusting the way we operate to
create the maximum benefit for our members and community.