Building our Tourism and Cultural Experiences - Arts trails Budget 2017 investment announced


Regional and remote galleries will soon be able to apply for $6 million over three years in enhancement grants as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $100 million Arts Trail initiative, Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss announced today.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for minor enhancements and upgrades to regional and remote art centres, art galleries, museums, libraries and keeping places and $100,000 for bigger infrastructure projects.

Funding of $2 million a year will be available for three years from 2017-18.

Minister Moss said the program would support local art centres and galleries to enhance their facilities so they can attract more visitors along the Territory’s Indigenous Arts Trail, providing a much-needed boost to local economies and creating jobs in regional areas.

“Our $100 million National Indigenous Arts Trail is about developing a plan for the future and ensuring that Indigenous arts, culture and community are at the forefront of that vision,” she said.

“When our remote communities and regions are strong the Territory is strong.

“Territorians trust the Territory Labor Government to deliver on our election commitments; our National Indigenous Arts Trail will create jobs and boost the economy in the process. 

“There are more than 100 community art galleries, museums and keeping places in the Territory and they are home to incredible examples of Indigenous art and craft. We want to support communities to showcase their work in the best way possible.

“It is also a key way in which we are developing new and exciting offerings to attract more tourists to the Territory – investing in our indigenous arts and culture is also about investing in tourism which is a major economic driver here in the Territory

“The $50 million Arts Gallery and $20 million Culture Centre in Alice Springs are focal points of our Indigenous Arts Trail, but our regional galleries are just as important as they will create the gallery link that spans across the entire Territory.” 

The first grants round will open on Monday 24 April and run until Monday 22 May.

Information sessions about the new grants program will be held in Nhulunbuy, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Katherine on the following dates:

  • Nhulunbuy - Nhulunbuy Community Library on Thursday, 27 April at 2-3.30pm
  • Darwin – Northern Territory Library on Tuesday, 2 May 2-3.30pm
  • Tennant Creek – Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre on Thursday, 4 May 2-3.30pm
  • Alice Springs – Witchettys, Araluen Arts Centre on Friday, 5 May 1.30-3.00pm
  • Katherine – Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday, 9 May 2-3.30pm

For further information including eligibility criteria please visit –

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