National Aboriginal Art Gallery
The National Aboriginal Art Gallery is the centrepiece of the Territory Arts Trail and will be dedicated to the display, celebration and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. It will host a globally significant Australia-wide art collection from the world’s oldest continuous cultures, brought together under one roof in the heart of the nation.
It 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' Principals" enshrined into every aspect of the Project.
The project is about more the just building a gallery. It is about changing the way that Aboriginal culture is understood and experienced, placing our First Nations peoples and their culture at the very centre of Mparntwe / Alice Springs. It is about building an institution that is a model of how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia can build a shared future together.
It will be a “must visit” national cultural institution that every school-aged child in the nation must experience as well as thousands and thousands of international Aboriginal Art loving tourists.
The Business Case
An independent business case into the project has been prepared by Ernst & Young. It is based on the development of a CBD-based national institution and finds that it will deliver significant social, cultural and economic benefit to Alice Springs and surrounding regions.
Extensive consultation across a two year period included detailed consultation with senior local Aboriginal men and women including Traditional Owners and custodians and a targeted three-month community engagement program. The Territory Government is committed to engaging extensively and respectfully with Aboriginal elders who hold cultural responsibility for Alice Springs and its environs.