Mparntwe Muddles On

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.09.19

A week ago, the Alice Springs Town Council rejected the NT Government proposal for a complex land swap which would build the new National Aboriginal Art Gallery on the current Town Hall site in exchange for the council moving to ANZAC Hill - already rejected as the Gallery site. The Council's determination - the $20 million offered by the Government was "simply unviable. When the considerable benefits of the existing Civic Centre location plus the greater costs of relocation and construction are taken into account, unfortunately, the offered $20m funding simply is unviable,” said the council’s new CEO, Robert Jennings. CEO Jennings did, however, agree that the land swap idea was still a possibility if enough money was offered but declined to identify what a satisfactory dollar sum would be. "I really don't know, it's too early at this stage … it's a great idea, and we really want to work with NT Government," he said. You wouldn't guess that from the NT Government response in a press release: "The Alice Springs Town Council has formally declined the Territory Government’s offer of $20 million to facilitate building the National Aboriginal Art Gallery on the Alice Springs CBD civic centre site. Ministers Lauren Moss & Dale Wakefield continued: “Unfortunately what we have seen is a Council that is divided, lacks leadership and where individual Councillors have put their own political interests above the interests of the people of Alice Springs. “The Council has rejected the land swap proposal but has not provided any information behind their decision as to why the amount was not sufficient, nor have they come back to us with a scope of works, costings and also what they are prepared to put on the table. There have been no real solutions from Council after two years of» Read More

 

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.19

A follow-up to my Menil Collection story from Houston – for my enthusiasm for America's current positivity towards Aboriginal art may have allowed me to miss the Big Story. Which is the significant emergence of the Fondation Opale at Lens...» Read More

 

'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.19

The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas is opening today its first major museum exhibition devoted to Australian Aboriginal art:'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Swiss Fondation Opale. The show includes more than 100 works created...» Read More

 

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.19

It's that time of year again for the now-annual Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks in Sydney. Ever innovative, this year the show began early in the unlikely setting of the Sofitel Hotel on Darling Harbour where 3 suites and...» Read More

 

Victorian Bonanza!

Victorian Bonanza!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.19

Victoria is positively buzzing with the exciting breadth of First Nations' art and craft this month. I wonder how it's all coincided? But let's start with the Bendigo show of Indigenous Batik that opened last month: Desert Lines : Batik...» Read More

 

Woven Furniture

Woven Furniture

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.08.19

Koskela, one of Australia’s leading furniture and design brands, is presenting Ngalya, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Koskela’s social impact projects working with Australia’s First Nations People. Koskela has opened an exhibition including a new collection of lighting designs in...» Read More

 

Funding for Indigenous Art

Funding for Indigenous Art

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.08.19

It's a long list but important to have on the record for anyone interested in the sheer size of the Aboriginal arts industry and the amount of public money that supports organisations that claim to turn over $30m a year....» Read More

 

Movement at the Station in Alice

Movement at the Station in Alice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.08.19

The Business Case for the Northern Territory's National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) has been published by EY Consultants (aka Ernst & Young) at a cost of $224,000. Coverage so far has emphasised the numbers – but an...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Industry

Mparntwe Muddles On

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.09.19

A week ago, the Alice Springs Town Council rejected the NT Government proposal for a complex land swap which would build the new National Aboriginal Art Gallery on the current Town Hall site in exchange for the council moving to...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.19

A follow-up to my Menil Collection story from Houston – for my enthusiasm for America's current positivity towards Aboriginal art may have allowed me to miss the Big Story. Which is the significant emergence of the Fondation Opale at Lens...» Read More

Events: Event

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.19

It's that time of year again for the now-annual Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks in Sydney. Ever innovative, this year the show began early in the unlikely setting of the Sofitel Hotel on Darling Harbour where 3 suites and...» Read More

Events: Event

NY is the Epicentre

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.06.19

As predicted some time ago on AAD, Sotheby’s is moving its Aboriginal art auctions from London to New York in November. There contemporary canvases and historic artefacts will hang in the auction house’s revamped galleries alongside blue-chip modern and contemporary...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

17.09.19 Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent
Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland
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'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

13.09.19 'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)
1533 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX 77006
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Sydney Goes Contemporary

08.09.19 Sydney Goes Contemporary
Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Sydney
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