October 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 Oct 26 We Eat We Are, curated by Sarah Pirrie. A SPARK NT exhibition.


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.
Visit our website for programs and events.

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 Nov 3 Telstra NATSIAA.
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) exhibition captures the attention of the nation, with an inspiring breadth of work from emerging and established artists. Each year Telstra NATSIAA sees an increasing variety of art forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts; www.magnt.net.au/natsiaa

Telstra Art Award Winner: Djambawa Marawili AM, Journey to America, 2018, natural pigments on Stringybark, 276 x 110cm. Courtesy the MAGNT/Fiona Morrison

2019 Telstra NATSIAA Exhibition. Courtesy the MAGNT/Merinda Campbell

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.
Oct 18 to Nov 9 (opening Fri Oct 18, 6pm) Playtime – a group exhibition inspired by Jacques Tati’s 1967 film ‘PlayTime’. Five local artists, Clare Robertson, Christian Bok, Bill Davies, Stuart Gluth and Kaye Strange, ricochet how day to day routine defeats and obstructs our natural selves. Coordinated and curated by Kaye Strange. Artist talk: Sat Oct 19, 12pm.

Bill Davies, A Roll of the Dice Game. 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.

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 Oct 20 Desert Mob 2019.
Presented by the Araluen Arts Centre and Desart, Desert Mob is an event of national significance, representing the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from across the desert regions and communities of Central Australia. After record-breaking audience attendance and artwork sales in 2018, this 29-year-strong event remains as vital and vibrant as ever. Read more…

Dulcie Sharpe and Marlene Rubuntja, of Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, at the Desert Mob 2018 Artist’s Preview. Photograph: Rhett Hammerton. Courtesy the artists and the Northern Territory, Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

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.
Oct 4 to 19 (opening and performance Fri Oct 4, 6pm) exhibition by Léuli Eshraghi.
Oct 22 to 25 Open community monoprinting workshops. Accompanying exhibition and fundraising event: Fri Oct 25, 5pm.
Also, Travelling Artist in Residence: Isadora Vaughan & Kate Hill open studio TBC. See website.

Léuli Eshrāghi, tagatanuʻu, 2019, Sharjah Biennial 14 Beyond the Echo Chamber. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation and Watch This Space

Léuli Eshrāghi, tagatanuʻu, 2019, Sharjah Biennial 14 Beyond the Echo Chamber. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation and Watch This Space