Meeting of Cultural Ministers held in Brisbane today

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, will present on the Northern Territory’s investment into arts and culture, at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers held in Brisbane today.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, will present on the Northern Territory’s investment into arts and culture, at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers held in Brisbane today.

The meeting will see Ministers from the arts and culture sector from all Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions take part in the national meeting, to discuss issues of importance to the arts industry including screen production incentives, the performing arts and national arts and disability strategies.

“As a Government, we recognise the important role art plays in our remote communities and the invaluable experiences they can offer tourists and it’s for this reason that we are investing $100 million into developing an Indigenous Art Trail across the Territory”.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time in the Northern Territory for the arts and cultural sector,” Minister Moss said.

Planning is well underway on a National Indigenous Art Gallery, and a National Indigenous Cultural Centre in Alice Springs, while art galleries in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land will also be enhanced as part of the Arts Trail initiative.

“As well as giving expression to our way of life, the Territory’s rich history of art and culture is a major drawcard for national and international tourists and a key economic driver,” Ms Moss said.

“Delivering the $100 million Indigenous Art Trail will entice visitors to spend more time in the Territory, and to further explore what we have to offer – to visit our regions, meet our artists, and share in a cultural exchange they will only find in the Territory”.

Significant effort is also going into transformation projects for Darwin and Alice Springs CBDs.

In Darwin, the Government is investing $50 million towards a new Museum of the Northern Territory, which will be established at the historic Old Hospital site within close proximity the Darwin CBD.   The new Museum will tell the story of the Territory and will become an important community and tourism asset. 

“We are also bringing our CBD to life through a new Live Darwin Arts program, which is helping established and emerging artists get their creative projects off the ground with grants of up to $50,000 for new events and art concepts to reinvigorate the City and make it more attractive for tourists,” Ms Moss said.

“Underpinning this work, we are planning for our future investment s through a new 10-Year Museums Master Plan. The Master Plan will assess future needs and provide a framework and direction for infrastructure development of museums, galleries, libraries, art centres, and keeping places”. 

The development of the Master Plan will give the community the opportunity to have input into future investment planning for existing and new infrastructure. Consultation is currently underway and the community is encouraged to provide feedback through the Have Your Say website: www.haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/museumsmasterplan

Much like Darwin, individuals and groups of artists in Alice Springs will also be able to access grants of up to $50,000 under the new Live Alice Mparntwe Arts program.

“I welcome the opportunity to share our vision in Brisbane with this leadership group and forging relationships with other jurisdictions,” Ms Moss said.