‘COVID-19 has shown the good, the bad and the ugly’ | In a recent interview with the Adelaide Review, Sally Scales discussed the impact of the pandemic on the Indigenous communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia.
Sally, a Pitjantjatjara woman, Chairs the APY Council and works closely with Skye O’Meara, Manager of the APY Art Centre Collective: a group of 11 Indigenous owned and governed organizations that work with a united vision and voice on strategic business initiatives and collaborative artistic projects. Indigenous art centres are powerful places and vital to their communities.
In a year marked by a global health crisis, protests for racial justice, economic instability and overall uncertainty, Sally and Skye have creatively navigated each challenge with honesty, gravity, and an incredible sense of humor. The remote APY communities remain COVID-free – while their artists continue to earn widespread recognition. On October 15th, they joined Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, for a conversation on Indigenous art, international collaboration and keeping culture strong in the midst of a global pandemic.