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Project Implementation Team to deliver the National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Following the announcement of the preferred site and the release of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Steering Committee’s report, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the establishment of a Project Implementation Team to oversee the delivery of the Gallery.

“This is a key step in delivering the centerpiece of our Indigenous Arts Trail, an important cultural asset which will celebrate and showcase a globally significant Australia-wide art collection from the world’s oldest continuous culture,” Ms Moss said.

“The Gallery will position the Northern Territory as a world-class cultural and tourist destination, as well as delivering social and economic benefits including jobs to the people of Central Australia.

"The work of the Implementation Team, which will be based in Alice Springs, will include scoping and planning of the building design and construction, curation, governance arrangements, legislative requirements, partnerships, funding sources and operational resourcing, national and local engagement, economic analysis and local capacity building.

“Construction of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery is planned for early 2020 and will attract thousands of visitors from across the globe every year to experience the most significant art this country has ever produced.

“The Gallery will create hundreds of local jobs during construction and create and support hundreds of ongoing jobs once complete – it will deliver significant flow-on benefits to local business.

Starting this week, we will cast a wide net to recruit to two leadership roles including a Project Director and Curator and it is important we find the best people for the job. We are seeking highly experienced Aboriginal people to fill these critical roles.”

Ms Moss said an immediate task will be an economic and social impact study of the Gallery to support approaches to the Federal Government and other potential partners, and to inform work relating to community capacity building in Alice Springs.

“This will be a project of major significance for Australia and will be subject to rigorous project management and governance,” she said.

“This National Aboriginal Art Gallery is an election promise and we will deliver - it’s incredibly important for Alice Springs and Central Australia.

“The Gallery will transform and revitalise the town, act as a drawcard for national and international tourists, deliver social and economic benefits including jobs and will be an important cultural asset that every Australian will be proud of.

“It will cement Alice Springs’ reputation as the Inland Capital of Australia and the Red Centre as the heart of Aboriginal art in Australia and the rightful home for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery.”

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