Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss
Alice The Inland Capital Is The Rightful Home Of National Aboriginal Art Gallery
Victor P Taffa
Rightful home for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery is Alice Springs, on the doorstep of Namatjira country, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said following comments that it should be based in Adelaide.
Minister Moss said the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs will create jobs, support local businesses and open up new and exciting economic opportunities for Red Centre residents.
“We are well down the track of building a nationally significant aboriginal art gallery in Alice Springs we have undertaken initial consultation with the community and key stakeholders, planning is underway and we are looking forward to making an announcement soon about where in Alice it will be located as well as the next steps in the process.” Minister Moss said.
“Central Australia is the birthplace of many of our most significant Aboriginal art movements, from the world-renowned Hermannsburg water colours to the art of the Western Desert including the influential Papunya Tula art movement.”
“Red Centre is the beating heart of Aboriginal art in Australia and the rightful home for our National Aboriginal Art Gallery.”
“We already have an initial $50 Million on the table for this important project, as part of a $100 Million investment into building a unique and culturally significant Arts Trail the length and breadth of the Northern Territory.” Minister Moss said.
“We currently work with the South Australia Government to unlock economic opportunities throughout Central Australia, through tourism, culture and transport investment. The MOU agreement delivers a great mutual benefit as both of our regions have much to offer in the Australian experience.”
“We welcome our neighbouring jurisdictions investing in their own cultural assets, because it will provide enormous mutual benefits, through tourism, economic stimulus and cultural exchange.”
“However, there can be only one National Aboriginal Art Gallery and we are building it in Alice Springs.”
“It will become a drawcard for the town, attracting thousands of people each year from overseas and interstate, cementing Alice Springs’ reputation as the Inland Capital of Australia.” Minister Moss said.
Planning is already underway on the Art Gallery and construction will start in 2020.
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