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It begins! National Indigenous Art Gallery Steering Committee meet for the first time

The iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery continues to progress with the Steering Committee meeting in Alice Springs today for the first time.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the Steering Committee is embarking on an important two days of work.

“The Territory Labor Government is restoring trust by delivering on our election promises and today’s first meeting is another important step in making the National Indigenous Art Gallery a reality,” Ms Moss said.

“We have listened to the Alice Springs community and are taking action to create new local construction and tourism jobs, develop new tourism and cultural experiences for visitors, invest in the arts and tell our story.

“As part of initial discussions, the Steering Committee will be considering the scope of the Art Gallery as well as potential sites in Alice Springs.

“The potential sites include multiple CBD locations and other key sites across Alice Springs.

“This is simply for the Committee to get a better feel for, and understanding of, the variety of possible locations before they recommend a short-list that the community will be able to comment on.

“Importantly, the Committee will also be considering the approach for consultation with key stakeholders, including Traditional Owners and the community. 

Curator, writer and consultant Ms Hetti Perkins and Chief Executive of Desart the peak body for Central Australian Aboriginal art centres Mr Philip Watkins, will lead the Committee of key experts. 

Ms Hetti Perkins said the Steering Committee members appreciate the significance, for all Australians, of this project and the responsibility of the task before them.

She added that the Steering Committee would ensure 
that the final report reflected comprehensive consultation with local and national stakeholders and that the cultural aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are central to its charter.

“The Art Gallery will be an international cultural landmark to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contemporary artistic expressions of Indigenous people from across Australia,” Ms Perkins said.

“It will be the centrepiece of the NT Government's commitment to a $100 million Indigenous Art Trail and it is great to have the Steering Committee together to start initial work.”

Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield, said the first Steering Committee meeting created a sense of excitement across the region. 

“This important project is happening and it’s great to have the Committee in town and see it progressing,” Ms Wakefield said.

“This project will be an incredible draw card for tourists to the Red Centre, providing a world class facility for Indigenous people to showcase their art and culture which is at the heart of what makes our region so special.”

Media Contact: Aimee Cadan – 0400 277 244