Getting conditions right for business growth
The remote Central Australian community of Papunya is in a land of extremes. It can get very hot and very cold. A CSIRO study found that the temperature in the workshop at the Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre can go over 40 degrees celsius during the summer and down to freezing point in the winter.
Scientists found this meant there were at least 40 days a year when it was impossible for the artists to work.
A grant from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation under the Smarter Business Solutions program will allow the arts centre to replace the old evaporative cooling system – known as a swampy – with reversecycle air-conditioners.
“The work will start soon,” says centre manager Joanne Byrne. “The air-conditioners will make life so much better.
“Artists will be able to work in comfort all year round at last, which will increase their productivity and income.”
The new system will cool the workshop in the summer and warm it in the winter.
The Papunya Arts Centre is a not-for-profit cooperative.
Its 30-50 artists produce about 800 works a year between them, mostly acrylic paintings on canvas.
Artists include the daughters of internationally renowned painters Johnny Warangkula, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi and Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra.
The Smarter Business Solutions program is aimed at helping Territory businesses, Aboriginal enterprises and not-for-profit organisations reduce day-to-day energy, water, waste and material costs.
Types of support include advice on available efficient technologies and practices; a walkthrough site survey to identify potential savings opportunities; and grants to encourage and support cost savings or initiatives.
If you would like to discuss ways to improve the profitability, sustainability or capability of your business, contact the Small Business Champions team on (08) 8999 5479.
Emily Andy Napaltjarri at work in the Papunya Tjupi Arts studio