December 2018 | January 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
Stuart Highway, Katherine East 0850.
(08) 8972-3751.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 3.00.


Charles Darwin University Art Gallery
Ground Floor, Building Orange 12,
Casuarina Campus, Darwin 0909.
(08) 8946-6621.
Wed-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00.
Visit our website for programs and events.
To Feb 16, 2019 Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality.

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.
Through Dec and Jan 2019 Unruly Days: Territory Life 1911-1921. Drawing on MAGNT’s own Territory History Collection and key loans from local collectors and interstate institutions, this exhibition richly illustrates the challenges of life in the territory in the early 1900s.

Aboriginal housemaids and children

To Feb 17, 2019 Out of the Dark: From the MAGNT Collection – natural science specimens, history and culture objects and artworks from MAGNT’s collections.
To March 3, 2019 Midawarr | Harvest: Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley – a unique printmaking collaboration between two of Australia’s most distinguished senior artists. A touring exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley.
Dec 15 to April 21, 2019 Spiders – an exhibition developed and toured by the Australian Museum & Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Peacock Spider. Photograph: © Jürgen Otto. 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.
Jan 25 to Feb 23, 2019 (opening Fri Jan 25, 6pm) Cocoon of Prayers. Endurance Art at NCCA. For one month, the artist Levin A. Diatschenko will live in a transparent, geodesic dome in N.C.C.A. gallery. Eating only once per day, his time will be spent meditating and repeating prayers and mantras. Each time he repeats himself, he’ll make a tally-mark on paper. When each little post-it is filled with marks, he’ll stick the page facing outwards onto the dome wall. Over the month he’ll enclose himself inside a ‘cocoon of prayers’. The performance will be live-streamed in 360 degrees. Artist talk-debrief at the end of the performance: Sat Feb 23, 12pm.

Levin A. Diatschenko, Cocoon of Prayers, manipulated photo. Photograph: Lukas Bendel. Courtesy the artist and Northern Centre for Contemporary Art NCCA

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.

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-Sat 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 Feb 3, 2019 Fecund: Fertile Worlds – an exhibition by the inaugural SPARK NT Curator, Clare Armitage.

Matt Sav with Pony Express, Girls Grown Wild VI’ Ecosex Pinup #1, 2015, digital photograph, 84.1 x 118.9 cm. As seen in ‘Fecund: Fertile Worlds’. Courtesy the artists and Araluen Arts Centre

To Feb 17, 2019 Punuku Tjukurpa – Anangu story, law and culture as told through intricate punu carvings, artworks and artefacts from the Maruku Arts based at Mutitjulu.
To Feb 27, 2019 emergence – recent acquisitions – Araluen Art Collection acquisitions from the past three years that respond to the Central Australian landscape.

Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c.1995, Itara (river red gum). As seen in ‘Punuku Tjukurpa’
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.
Nov 28 to Dec 1 From Straight To Curly by Belle Moody.
Dec 5 to 8 (opening Fri Dec 7, 6pm)Year 12 End of Year Exhibition group show exhibiting featured work by year 12 students from Alice Springs high schools. Gallery closed over the hot Central Australian summer months, from Dec 14 to Feb 27, 2019.