The Territory Government has announced a significant investment in cultural assets across the Northern Territory in order to create more local jobs and position the Northern Territory as a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

Arts Trail projects

Darwin CBD transformation projects

Alice Springs CBD transformation projects

Planning for future investment

Arts Trail projects

The centrepiece of the Indigenous Art Trail will be the development of an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery. A globally significant Australia-wide art collection from the world's oldest continuous culture will be brought together under one roof in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Iconic National Indigenous Cultural Centre

The Iconic National Indigenous Cultural Centre in Alice Springs will be a dynamic and living centre that celebrates the historical and ongoing contribution of Indigenous culture.

An Indigenous Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program is to be rolled out to deliver targeted gallery infrastructure and innovative facilities in Tennant Creek, Katherine and Arnhem Land to complement the Arts Trail.

Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grants

Small grants of up to $10,000 or large grants of up to $100,000 are available to upgrade Northern Territory art centres, galleries, museums, libraries and keeping places. This funding is open to not-for-profit arts and culture organisations and regional councils to improve access, upgrades or promotion, and for projects that provide a benefit to the wider community.

Darwin CBD transformation projects

Museum of the Northern Territory

The historic Old Hospital site in Darwin will be preserved for the Territory public and form the site of a major new Museum of the Northern Territory. The new Museum will improve representation of the Territory by telling the stories through building design that showcase the historical and cultural exhibits.

As part of the Territory Government’s State Square development it is anticipated that a Fine Arts Gallery will be built in the heart of the Darwin CBD. Revitalising the Darwin CBD to create Australia’s defining Capital of the North is a critical major project to help transform Darwin City into a world-class tourist and cultural destination.

Live Darwin Arts

The Live Darwin Arts program supports arts and creative proposals that enliven and reinvigorate Darwin’s CBD. Through the provision of grants up to $50,000 and the engagement of Producer (s) to curate, develop and deliver a program of events.

Alice Springs CBD transformation projects

Alcoota Megafauna Exhibition

Central Australia’s unique fossil heritage will be put on show for tourists and locals as part of a new display and storage centre, located in an existing building in the Todd Mall, Alice Springs. The new fossil display will offer a new and exciting attraction for tourists.

Live Alice Mparntwe Arts

The Live Alice Mparntwe Arts program supports arts and cultural activities that activate and invigorate the Alice Springs CBD. Through the provision of grants up to $50,000 and the engagement of Producer (s) to curate, develop and deliver a program of events.

Planning for future investment

10-Year Museums Master Plan

A 10-Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston is being developed to assess future needs and provide a framework and direction for infrastructure investment for museums, galleries, libraries, art centres, and keeping places. The development of the Master Plan gives the community the opportunity to have input into future investment planning for existing and new infrastructure.

Consultation process on Infrastructure projects

The Territory Government is committed to open and transparent discussions with Territorians. Community consultation will allow Territorians the opportunity to provide feedback on these significant arts and culture infrastructure projects. Consultation timeframes are outlined below.

Arts Trail Infrastructure projects

Consultation approach on the Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery will be informed by the Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery Steering Committee. A Steering Committee report is due to Government in October 2017, which identifies and provides options and recommendations on the project’s development, construction, establishment and operations.

Consultation process

Consultation approach will be informed by recommendations from the Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery Steering Committee.

Timing

To be advised

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Preliminary consultation by Nganampa Development Corporation has commenced and will continue over the next six months. A report will then be provided to government.

Consultation process

Preliminary consultation is led by Nganampa Development Corporation.

Timing

Q3 & Q4 2017

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Targeted consultation will be conducted with recipients of funding

Consultation process

Consultation will be conducted with key stakeholders in Tennant Creek, Katherine and Arnhem Land.

Timing

Q1 2018

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CBD transformation projects

Consultation on the new Museum will be delivered by an expert contractor. The tender closed on 1 August. The tenderer will be announced shortly with consultation commencing in Q4 2017. Contact details for consultation will be provided once the tender is awarded.

Consultation process

Consultation will be led by an expert contractor. The tender closed on 1 August and will be announced shortly.

Timing

Q4 2017

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Consultation on the Fine Arts Gallery will be conducted under the 10-Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston. This is being led by contractor, Hames Sharley.

Consultation process

Consultation will be captured as part of the development of the 10-Year Museums Master Plan.

Timing

Q3 2017

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Future planning projects

The 10-Year Museums Master Plans being developed by Hames Sharley. Hames Sharley have a long track record of successful community engagement with experience in Museum development and town planning/urban design and architectural heritage.

Consultation process

Community consultation will be conducted by local contractor Hames Sharley.

Timing

Q3 2017

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