August 2019 Listings

Northern Territory art galleries and their exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.


Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre
Lot 3238 , Stuart Highway , Katherine East 0850.
(08) 8972-3751.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 3.00.
To Sept 14, 44th Katherine Prize.

Dawn Beasley, When morning sun falls on Nitmiluk rock, 2018, graphite, acrylic, gesso and oil on canvas
2018 People’s Choice Winner Katherine Prize. Courtesy the artist and Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre


Charles Darwin University Gallery
Building Orange 12.1.02, Casuarina Campus, Darwin 0909.
(08) 8946-6621.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
Aug 20 to 31 Still Lives: A Beautiful Science in the foyer of the CDU. Also at Pirrie Art Space, 15 Lampe Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin 0909. pirrie.space@gmail.com  www.pirrie.space
By appt only.
August 8 – September 28 Salon des Refusés 2019.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, held on Larrakia Country, showcases contemporary fine art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres during the annual three-day event, this year taking place from 9 to 11 August at the Darwin Convention Centre. Public events include workshops, performance, storytelling and more. Visit the website for the full program of events. Read more…

Daisy Japulija of Mangkaja Arts working on her artwork for the Gorman Collection Photograph: Mangkaja Arts, Western Australia. Courtesy the artist and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
19 Conacher Street, The Gardens, Darwin 0820.
(08) 8999-8264.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Oct 13 Smoking Pipes.
To March 29, 2020 Between the Moon and the Stars.
Aug 10 to Nov 3, 36th Telstra NATSIAA. The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art award showcasing an inspiring breadth of work from emerging and established artists. Read more…

35th Telstra NATSIAA exhibition, installation view, 2018. Courtesy Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA)
Vimy Lane, Parap 0820.
(08) 8981-5368.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00, or by appt. Closed public hols.
The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art delivers leading local, national and international contemporary art to Darwin.
Aug 7 to 31 (opening Wed Aug 7, 6pm) White Man You are Surrounded is a compact survey of the work of Alice Springs artist Rod Moss. For over three decades, Moss has chronicled the ‘parallel universes’ (as he puts it) of white and Aboriginal Australia in the central desert region around Alice Springs. His monumental figurative works capture indelibly both the vastness of the desert landscape and the eerie dissonance between the two cultures. Often drawing on images from old Master paintings, these works are a questioning and poignant exploration of a cultural divide at the heart of the nation.

Rod Moss, Ascension, 2016, synthetic polymers and graphite on Stonehenge, 115 x 111cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist and Northern Centre for Contemporary Art

Outstation Gallery
8 Parap Place, Parap, Darwin 0820.
(08) 8981-4822.
Outstation Gallery works directly with art centres in the presentation and promotion of Indigenous art from the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land, the Western Desert, the Kimberley and Central and South Australia.
Aug 3 to 24 Spinifex Arts Project.

Tactile Arts
Contemporary Craft Studios and Gallery
19 Conacher Street (located in the grounds of the Museum and Art Gallery of NT), Fannie Bay 0810.
(08) 8981-6616.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Tactile Arts is a member-based, not-for-profit community arts organisation that actively supports and promotes artists and craftspeople from Darwin and the top end of the Northern Territory.

Alice Springs

Araluen Arts Centre
Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs 0870.
(08) 8951-1122.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 11 Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality – renowned artist and curator Brenda L. Croft explores notions of home and community in relation to cultural identity.
Also, Advocate Art Award 2019.
To Aug 18 Mel Robson: Intersections and Boundaries – a new body of ceramic works exploring the idea of Place, through the lens of mapping and cartography.

Mel Robson, Pastoral (detail), 2019, wheel thrown porcelain. Courtesy the artist and Araluen Arts Centre

Artback NT
Arts Development and Touring
67 Bath Street, Alice Springs 0871.
(08) 8953-5941.
Artback NT is the Northern Territory’s arts development and touring agency. The visual arts program works with individuals, groups and arts-based organisations to present and tour dynamic and exciting visual arts exhibitions nationally and within the Northern Territory with a focus on the development and promotion of Northern Territory artists.

Watch This Space ARI
8 Gap Road, Alice Springs 0870.
(08) 8952-1949.
Wed-Fri 12.00 to 5.00, and Sat 10.00 to 2.00 during exhibitions.
Showcasing local, interstate and international emerging and established artists.
To Aug 10 (opening Sat July 27, 3pm) Little Artists, Big Stories, curated by Jasmine Crea. In The Pantry and on the Noticeboard: Rest Stop by Bec Capp. Also, The Inheritance by Elizabeth Povinelli. Talk: Wed Aug 14, 6pm.

Bec Capp, Rest Stop, 2018, photograph. Courtesy the artist and Watch This Space

Aug 14 to 31 (opening Fri Aug 16, 6pm) Day in the Life – Karrabing Film Collective & Lisa Stefanoff. Travelling Artist in Residence: Rachel O’Reilly & Juliri Ingra – Open Studio: Fri Aug 30, 5.30pm (TBC, see website).