8 May 2022
Katherine’s Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft gallery has been officially opened following a $3 million renovation through the Territory Labor Government’s $30 million Arts Trail Gallery Extension Program.
The gallery, which showcases works from throughout the Big Rivers region, is the first to be completed in the program being rolled out across Katherine, Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land.
Designed by Troppo Architects and constructed by Katherine company NJ Homes, the building’s engaging and contemporary design is responsive to the vision of the Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation Board members, staff and member artists.
Mimi now features professional gallery and studio spaces for Aboriginal artists from Katherine and the Big Rivers region to produce, showcase and sell their work; while improved facilities and additional outdoor spaces enhance visitor experience and support engagement with authentic Aboriginal art and culture.
The entrance includes a sheltered and secure deck area made from Gumatj stringy-bark timber from Arnhem Land, and large sliding screens featuring stunning designs of Mimi spirits by local artist John Dewar. The deck creates a welcoming space for visitors and a comfortable outdoor space to present cultural performances, share stories, create works, and deliver workshops.
The $30 million investment is part of the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to showcase Aboriginal art and culture, strengthen local business opportunities, and promote the high quality art produced in remote regions.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech:
“We are extremely proud to celebrate the upgraded Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft centre in Katherine as the first Territory Arts Trail Gallery Extension Program to be completed.
“I acknowledge the work and commitment of the Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation Board members and staff in planning and working with local companies, Troppo Architects and NJ Homes, to complete the design and construction of this stunning gallery upgrade.
“The Territory Labor Government’s investment assists Mimi to achieve their vision of creating and selling quality art, while sharing cultural knowledge and providing culturally-rich experiences for visitors.”
Quotes attributable to Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation Chair May Rosas:
“I thank the Northern Territory Government and project working group members, including representatives from Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation, for their work in the planning and delivery of this stunning upgraded gallery.
“The upgraded gallery is a testament to the collaborative work of this team with Troppo Architects and NJ Homes to support Mimi to realise its vision for a new contemporary building.
“The gallery has a strong and positive connection to the Aboriginal people in Katherine and the Big Rivers region, and will provide opportunities for Mimi to proudly build on a long and successful history.”