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National Aboriginal Art Gallery: 1st Meeting of the National Reference Group

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today will open the inaugural meeting of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery - National Reference Group, in Alice Springs.  

Built in the heart of Australia, the National Aboriginal Art Gallery will become a globally significant institution that celebrates Aboriginal art and culture and create jobs and economic opportunities. 

Based on a two-year term, 13 members were appointed from across Australia to the National Reference Group who are providing advice and advocacy for the delivery of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

They were welcomed last night by local Arrernte traditional owner Mr Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens, (Apmereke artweye for Mparntwe, Alice Springs) with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

They will spend today discussing the vision, design considerations, funding, and Aboriginal workforce and enterprise development matters relating to the National Aboriginal Art Gallery project.

Ernst and Young, who were recently commissioned to develop a comprehensive business case for the Gallery, will present on their role in further articulating the benefits this project will bring to Alice Springs. The business case will build on the initial scoping work completed to date and will include an analysis of economic and social impact as well as comprehensive feasibility requirements.  

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Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“We welcome the breadth of experience the members bring to their role.  

“This is a remarkable group of talented professionals from across the country who will help shape the vision and advocate for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. 

“The Gallery will showcase and celebrate a globally significant, Australia-wide art collection from the world’s oldest continuous culture, attracting thousands each year from across the world.  

“It’s important we get the foundation for the Gallery correct and this exceptional group of people will be an integral part of achieving that.”

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242