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Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Aboriginal Art Gallery Community Engagement Program Passes Halfway Mark

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government’s three-month community engagement program to engage with the people of Alice Springs on the National Aboriginal Art Gallery project has passed its halfway mark.

“While this conversation with the community is ongoing, my department have been progressing planning and development of the Art Gallery, including recruiting for a Director and Curator to be based in Alice Springs.” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.

Local project team has met face-to-face with hundreds of locals and held over 100 meetings with local and national stakeholders with all feedback recorded.

Majority of people engaged through this engagement process are positive about the Anzac Hill Precinct site, especially after learning more about the project.

“Alice Springs is the rightful home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. Central Australia is the birthplace of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and through this Gallery, we can share with the rest of Australia and the world our rich cultural history.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.

Key meetings with local Traditional Owners and Custodians are continuing to work through the opportunities and discuss how the project can meet the cultural needs of the local people, as well as the economic and social needs of the town.

Local team has also engaged with more than 400 people through the coffee pop-ups and event stalls to hear their ideas and discuss concerns.

Next stage of the community engagement program will continue with the coffee pop-up stalls, and important stakeholder meetings.

Broader planning and development of the Art gallery continues including the recruitment for a Director and Curator, appointment of a nationally representative Reference Group, and meeting with Federal counterparts in Canberra.

Locals in Alice Springs can get involved by:

  • Booking one-on-one meetings or invite someone from our project leadership team to visit your club or organisation to share more information about the project
  • Signing up to the e-newsletter to stay informed or provide feedback by visiting the website

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