Philip Watkins has been CEO of Desart since 2011, during which time he has been responsible for the overall management of Desart’s program of activities for 45 Desart member Art Centres.
Philip Watkins was born and raised in Alice Springs NT, Philip is part of large extended Arrernte, Waramungu and Larrakia families.
Philip came to Desart bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous employment as the Artistic and Cultural Director at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide; and more than 11 years of experience from a number of management positions within the Central Land Council in Alice Springs.
2011 – present Chief Exceutive Officer, Desarts, Alice Springs
2006-2011 Artistic and Cultural Director, Tandanya National aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc, Adelaide
2011 – present Board Member, Indigenous Art Code Member
Director, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
Member, Copyright Agency (Resale Royalty) market Advisory Panel
Member, Alice Springs Public Art Advisory Group, Alic Springs Town Council
2010-2011 Board Member, Carclew Youth Arts, Adelaide
2012 Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management, VCA, University of Melbourne
2009 Govenor’s Leadership program, Leaders Institute, South Australia
2000 Bachelors of Arts, Deakin University