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Art Gallery at State Square

To support liveability and growth for the Territory, there is a need to invest in infrastructure projects that meet the expectations of residents and visitors alike.

The development of a new art gallery in the CBD will offer a fresh and contemporary space that brings together art and architecture with a distinct sense of place.  It is a key component of the revitalisation of the Darwin CBD and will be designed to will increase the appeal of our city.

The Northern Territory Government has released a 10 Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston identifying the art gallery as a catalyst opportunity. During consultation, the public expressed a strong desire for a greater variety of exhibitions in modern facilities that provide exciting, interactive, and high quality indoor and outdoor experiences.

A new art gallery in Darwin’s CBD will address these needs, by increasing cultural options for Territorians and visitors, providing a space for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) to showcase art from the Territory’s extensive collection, and the ability to host prestigious Australian and international exhibitions.

Given the physical constraints of the current MAGNT facility at Bullocky Point limits its ability to display the immense collections, a masterplan for a new direction and enhanced visitor experience at the MAGNT Bullocky Point site will be developed, taking into consideration the new art gallery in Darwin’s CBD.

It is proposed to site the Art Gallery in, Darwin’s Civic and State Square precinct. The precinct is to be revitalised to create cool, green spaces for the whole community including families, friends and tourists to enjoy through activated spaces, events and public gatherings.

A precinct Masterplan has been developed in consultation with the local community and businesses to provide a map of areas for revitalisation, investment and upgrades in order to establish a thriving, beating heart in the CBD through greater connectivity.

Visit the Creating a Better Darwin website to find out more about the Civic and State Square Masterplan.