We are one step closer to having a National Aboriginal Art Gallery, with the Northern Territory government releasing the concept designs for the new arts hub. Opening in 2028, the NAAG will exclusively house work by First Nations artists, showcasing the artistic legacy of one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures.
National Aboriginal Art Gallery Reference Group Co-Chair Franchesca Cubillo says, “This remarkable gallery shines a spotlight on the beauty, power and importance of Aboriginal art and provides a unique space in which to preserve First Nations peoples’ storytelling and share their timeless stories through art and culture.”
The announcement follows years of debate over the site, which was confirmed earlier this year after the acquisition of Anzac Oval was finalised with the Alice Springs Town Council. The gallery is intended to be part of a larger precinct that includes a Tourism Centre, and will be a space that fosters local engagement through art programs, events and festivals.
The building, designed by BVN Architecture and local architects Susan Dugdale & Associates, features a cultural welcoming circle, event space, healing gardens, cafe, atrium, and Kwatye (water) play area.
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech says, “The gallery will stand as an iconic architectural statement driving tourism, enhancing liveability, and providing social and economic benefits, creating a lasting positive impact.”
The National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) is anticipated to open in 2028.
John Nixon: A Poet of Prints
Known as a great avant-garde painter, the late John Nixon also created hundreds of prints—which, as those who knew Nixon can attest, exemplify his minimalism, experimentalism, and his interlacing of life and art. John Nixon—Four Decades, Five Hundred Prints is currently on display at Geelong Gallery.
The art books we loved in 2023
Whether scouting the perfect gift or searching for a summer read, our editors have picked their top art books of 2023—spanning everything from a history of ceramics, women and spiritualism, and First Nations practices.
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Tacita Dean’s strange fortune
Since the early 1990s, British artist Tacita Dean has gifted us myriad artworks on the intimacy, unexpectedness, and materiality of film and image making. With a new survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, we look at Dean’s tracing of history and chance.
Salote Tawale explores memory, identity, and karaoke
In her first major solo exhibition, now showing at Carriageworks, Salote Tawale brings together painting, sculpture, and karaoke in an expansive installation that explores identity and memory.
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Betty Muffler on ways of healing Country
For Betty Muffler art making and healing are indistinguishable. Evoking Country through the view of the eagle, she’s now showing in the NGV Triennial alongside a host of international names.
Amy Claire Mills reimagines the medical as medicinal
In a new exhibition at Outer Space, Amy Claire Mills offers a love letter to her disabled and neurodivergent communities by turning cold, hard medical spaces into places of safety and warmth.