Design Tender Released for Alice Springs National Aboriginal Art Gallery

NT Government

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be built in Alice Springs.

This project is one of the biggest investments into Alice Springs in decades and it will provide more local jobs, economic growth, and social benefits.

According to the comprehensive Business Case for the project, when constructed, the Gallery will bring an additional 53,000 visitors to Alice Springs every year, injecting up to $64 million into the local economy and generating up to 245 local jobs.

Today, the Territory Labor Government has taken a positive step towards making this tourism boosting, job creating infrastructure a reality, with the release of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Design Consultancy Tender.

The Gallery will be an example of architectural excellence for national cultural institutions, an iconic building synonymous with Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Aboriginal art, both nationally and internationally.

Cultural values and perspectives will be incorporated into a contemporary design which reflects the importance of a diverse and inclusive society that recognises Aboriginal Australians and their cultural significance.

The design of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery is planned to be complete towards the end of the year, followed by a construction tender to follow soon after.

The preferred site for the Gallery is the Anzac Hill Precinct, with land acquisition progressing.

To view the tender visit

Quotes from the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:

“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will create jobs during its design, construction and in operation, so it’s great to see work progressing on this important project.

“We intend to build this iconic Art Gallery at the ANZAC Hill precinct, which incorporates ANZAC Oval. The construction of the Art Gallery will open up the area for green space and community use.

“We will continue to invest in quality job-creating infrastructure in Alice Springs.”

Quotes from the Minister for Central Australia Economic Reconstruction, Chansey Paech:

“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be a world-class facility that will attract national and international visitors to Alice Springs, providing wide-ranging social benefits and opportunities for local jobs and economic growth. It is a linchpin in our plan towards revitalising the CBD.

“The Territory Labor Government is looking forward to delivering this cultural icon and the release of the design tender is a significant development towards the realisation of this project.”

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