Philip Watkins

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