National Aboriginal Art Gallery
The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be the centrepiece of the Territory Arts Trail, dedicated to the display, celebration and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Through the medium of artistic and creative expression, the Gallery will share the stories of the world’s oldest continuous culture, brought together under one roof in the heart of the nation and the birthplace of contemporary Aboriginal art.
The Gallery will attract thousands of visitors, create hundreds of construction jobs and create and support ongoing local jobs, especially for Aboriginal people. The governance and operational model for the Gallery is to be based on majority Aboriginal governance and workforce participation, with ‘First Peoples' Principles’ enshrined into every aspect of the Project.
The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will become a touchstone experience for Australians and international visitors seeking to better understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as a quintessential element of our shared national story.
The project will help change the way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is understood and experienced, placing our First Nations peoples and their culture at the very centre of Mparntwe / Alice Springs. We will build an institution that is a model for how we accept and engage with our history and build a shared future together.
The Business Case
A high-level business case was prepared for the project by Ernst & Young which demonstrated that the Gallery will deliver significant social, cultural and economic benefit to Alice Springs and surrounding regions.
The Gallery is at a pivotal time in its development and we are calling for Expressions of Interest to join the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Reference Group. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help ensure that the Gallery is an exemplar of bicultural museum practice in Australia: that it is audience and community driven, participatory, and has a deep-seated commitment to lifelong learning.