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Heart of the Nation Hosts National Museums and Galleries Conference

An estimated $1.2 million dollars is expected to flow into the Alice Springs region when 400 museum and gallery professionals meet for the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference (AMaGA) in May.

The Territory Labor Government is investing $30,000 to support the Conference as part of our Turbocharging Tourism initiative. 

Keynote speakers include Neil MacGregor, OM AO FSA, former director of the National Gallery (UK) and the British Museum, renowned Australian artist Ben Quilty, Western Australian Senator Pat Dodson, and a mix of local, national and international speakers.

Delegates will be treated to a range of cultural visitor experiences including the Araluen Arts Centre, Earth Sanctuary, special Desert Mob Marketplace as well as a remote, regional and community museum day. 

The special Desert Mob Marketplace will feature thousands of remarkable and affordable artworks for sale. All proceeds will flow directly back to remote communities.  

Delegates also have the opportunity to extend their stay to explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the Territory Arts Trail and other cultural icons as part of their conference experience.

AMaGA is the national association and peak advocacy body representing museums and galleries with a vision of inspiring Australia’s cultural life through a thriving and valued museum and gallery sector. The conference will be held from 13-17 May.

For more information or to register to attend the conference, go to 

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“Business events are an important economic driver for the Territory, delivering $36.4 million to the Territory economy last year, while supporting local tourism, retail and hospitality jobs. 

“Through the Turbocharging Tourism investment, we have confirmation of 34 business events and conferences, mostly staged in 2019, bringing a forecasted 10,600 business delegates and a return of $25.52 million in estimated visitor expenditure.

“The Conference will showcase the importance of Aboriginal art and culture to the nation.

“Alice Springs/Mparntwe is therefore the ideal location for this conference. National and international galleries and museums leaders will come together to share remarkable experiences that were 65,000 years in the making and are only available in the Territory.

“We continue to invest in our arts and cultural offerings through the $106 million Arts Trail to support and grow our arts and cultural industry.”

Quotes from the Co-Chair, Australian Museums and Galleries Association 2019 Conference Organising Committee, Dr Mark Crees:

“Hosting the AMaGA Conference in Mparntwe is a wonderful way to introduce the leaders of our museums and galleries across the nation to the cultural offerings of the NT and the important part that the NT plays in the national arts and cultural ecology.

“Delegates will explore the theme “At the Centre” and the importance of museums and galleries to local communities and national cultural life, while also exploring the majesty and wonder of the Central Australian physical and cultural landscape.”

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242