Anzac Hill Supported As Site For Aboriginal Art Gallery

Anzac Hill Supported As Site For Aboriginal Art Gallery

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Arts Community Supports Anzac Hill Area As Site For Aboriginal Art Gallery

Victor P Taffa

Members of the Alice Springs art community have come forward in support of the Anzac Hill Precinct as the preferred site for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

“Alice Springs is the rightful home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. We want to share Australia’s Aboriginal history and culture through the lens of art, to the rest of the world right here in Alice Springs.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.

Art Gallery will be a public space for people to celebrate, view and experience the most extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across the nation.

“National Aboriginal Art Gallery is the centrepiece of our Indigenous Arts Trail, and it will be a globally significant Australia-wide art collection from the world’s oldest continuous culture brought together under one roof.” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.

Members of the local arts community are supportive of this significant gallery taking pride of place in the heart of Alice Springs, the CBD.

“Aboriginal art is what this town is famous for. I’ve been looking forward to having a National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs since it was proposed. The impact of this art gallery on local businesses would be positive. Manager of Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu Cecilia Alfonso said.

“We get a lot of visitors who come to Alice Springs that hadn’t planned to come here for the art and culture, and often the feedback we get is that they would have stayed longer if they had known about the richness of our art and culture.” Director of Talapi Kate Podger said.

Local team has met and engaged with over 40 representatives from the arts sector in Alice Springs, with additional meetings scheduled across the next two weeks. There were initial concerns about the project but that was alleviated once it was made clear that the purpose of the Art Gallery was to establish Alice Springs as a must-visit destination in the eyes of the art world.

“Proposed site, the Anzac Hill Precinct, is absolutely critical to reap the economic benefits that would be delivered to businesses and venues across town.” General Manager of Red Hot Arts Cy Starkman said.

On top of the engagement with the local arts community, 30 meetings have taken place with national and state galleries, and museums. The meetings were held to discuss and explore a range of partnership options that include artwork loans, development of exhibitions, and sector development which includes building workforce capacity for Indigenous art workers.