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National Aboriginal Art Gallery Community Engagement Program Passes Halfway Mark

The Territory Labor 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.  

The 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.

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

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.

The 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. 

The 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 

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield

“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.

“The project will create hundreds of jobs and have increased social and cultural benefits. 

“For the Anzac Hill Precinct to move forward as the home of the Gallery, we have been engaging and communicating with the people of Alice Springs to hear their ideas and discuss concerns. 

“The local team will continue to work hard in the second half of the community engagement program. At the core of our engagement is consultation with local Aboriginal groups. Aboriginal people and culture are central to getting the National Aboriginal Art Gallery right.” 

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“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.

“A nationally representative Reference Group will also be appointed soon to provide advice and guidance on cultural, curatorial, creative and governance aspects of the project, informed by the recommendations of the Steering Committee report. The group will include representation from Traditional Owners and other suitably experienced and qualified Alice Springs residents.

“I have also been meeting with our Federal counterparts in Canberra about the project and a range of meetings have been held federally at officer level.”

Media Contact: Paige Nguyen 0428 727 244