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ATSIAGA – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Gallery of Australia Project, Investment Territory, June 2024

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Gallery of Australia (ATSIAGA) is a transformative project that will see construction of a world-class gallery that celebrates the artistic traditions and cultural expressions of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The gallery and surrounding precinct will honour the stories and truth-telling of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people internationally.

A collaborative vision

The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with local Arrernte communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Australia, aims to establish a centre dedicated to the display, celebration, and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and creative expressions.

ATSIAGA aims to:

  • Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art’s unique and powerful contribution to the world.
  • Share the stories of the world’s oldest continuous culture, brought together in the heart of the nation and the birthplace of contemporary Aboriginal art, Mparntwe, Alice Springs, Australia.
  • Construct and develop a high-quality cultural gallery and precinct that stands as an iconic architectural statement, driving tourism, enhancing liveability, and promoting social and economic objectives.
  • Provide opportunities for local participation in arts programs, special events, and festivals, ensuring that the gallery serves as a vibrant hub for the community.

ATSIAGA will generate employment opportunities during the construction phase, and when the gallery opens, contributing to the local economy and creating a lasting positive impact.

Features

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led and governed gallery
Cultural welcoming circle
Connecting to expansive public space
Top floor event space
Healing gardens protecting sacred sites
Ground floor cafe
Kwatye (water) play park
Impressive 4 level atrium

 


National Reference Group

The National Reference Group comprises of 11 members, 9 of which identify as First Nations and 3 being Traditional Owners of the 3 local Native Title estate groups of Mparntwe, Alice Springs.

This collaborative approach ensures an authentic and inclusive representation of the rich artistic heritage of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

The ATSIAGA National Reference Group provides advice and recommendations to the Northern Territory Government on the development and establishment of the ATSIAGA.

View more information and members of the National Reference Group.

FAQ’s

Architects impressions

 


See also: All go for art gallery