June 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 July 13 The Mary Kunyi Legacy.


Charles Darwin University Art 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.
Visit our website for programs and events.
To July 20 Reinvigorating the MECA Collection.

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 June 30 Momentum: Recent Acquisitions of Aboriginal Art – reflects the richness and diversity of unique Indigenous cultures highlighting selected acquisitions that have been added to MAGNT’s Aboriginal Art and Material Culture Collection over the past three years.

Ray Mudjandi, Bininj Kinjkinj (Star Man), 2015, earth pigments and fixative on bark. Courtesy Ray Mudjandi and Outstation Gallery, Darwin

To July 7 Yiḏaki – Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. This immersive exhibition tells the story of the origins of yiḏaki and illustrates the importance of the instrument in Aboriginal life and culture. Yolŋu Elder Djalu Gurruwiwi invites visitors on an experiential journey that includes exploring a stringybark forest, voyaging with the West Wind and becoming lost in the mesmerising power of yiḏaki. Admission fees apply. Book at MAGNT.net.au/Yidaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi, Yolŋu Elder and Yidaki Master, 2016. Courtesy the South Australian Museum

To Oct 13 Smoking Pipes – takes you on a journey from the highlands of Papua New Guinea to early missionary days on Groote Eylandt. It shares centuries of history including Indigenous trade with Macassan fishermen and the arrival of the British, to refugees seeking asylum in the 1990s. Each unique pipe, carved and decorated to reflect its owner’s circumstance and style, tells a story that is just as fascinating as the pipe itself.

Yilyarra (pipe), c.1930s, wood, metal, paperbark, string. Gift of S.C. Port, 1980. MAGNT Collection. Courtesy MAGNT / Merinda Campbell

To March 29, 2020 Between the Moon and the Stars – reveals the influence of the stars, the moon, and its phases, on human cultures and animal life. Get up close to a lunar meteorite and discover the connection between sea-worms and lunar phases when you embark on this stellar journey with Between the Moon and the Stars.

Joseph Turner, Moon taken with the Great Melbourne Telescope, 1875. Courtesy Museums Victoria

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.
June 7 to 29 (opening Fri June 7, 6pm) Desert Satellites – a group exhibition of artworks from the Tennant Creek artists around the Barkly who are working with Barkly Regional Arts. The artists Susannah Nelson, Lindy Brodie, Ruth Dawson and Janet Thompson have used recycled satellite dishes, which were a part of the self-build houses of Wutungurra, a community located 500km north of Alice Springs. Their obsolescence incites the issue of the housing, in remote communities and the answer from the NT Minister of Housing, Gerry McCarthy, a former teacher in Wutungurra. Curated by Rita Macarounas. Artist talk: Sat June 8, 12pm.

Susannah Nelson, Tartukala artist, Filming a waterhole. Courtesy the artist, Barkly Regional Arts, Northern Territory 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.
June 1 to 23 Maningrida Arts and Culture.
June 29 to July 21 Papunya Tjupi.

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 June 16 David Hockney: prints.
To July 14 (opening Fri June 29, 6pm) Alice Springs Beanie Festival: A Head Full of Tunes.
To Aug 11 (opening Fri June 14, 6pm) 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.
To Aug 18 (opening Fri June 21, 6pm) Mel Robson: Intersections and Boundaries.

Brenda L. Croft, with Rob Nugent, Retrac(k)ing country and s(k)in (still), 2017, 2-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist, Stills Gallery, Sydney and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Mel Robson, A sense of Place 2018, handbuilt earthenware and slipcast porcelain with decals and underglaze

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.
June 12 to 29 (opening Fri June 14, 6pm) Monumental in a small-town way: If art reflects attitude then how perceptive are we? – a group exhibition curated by Judy Lovell and Kathlene Wallace. Fri June 28, 5.30pm Travelling Artist in Residence: Briony Galligan: Open Studio (TBC, see website).