What is the real cost of this project: demolition, relocation, …

Comment on National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’ by Evelyne Roullet.

What is the real cost of this project: demolition, relocation, closure of art galleries in town = empty shops?
Human costs: Upset residents who will leave because Alice is not their town any longer?
Why come especially to Alice Springs for Aboriginal Art when there are huge collections in all world museums, especially the Vatican.
The seven State and Territory institutions of Australia from Perth to Brisbane all have major collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Buying other art from the past will prove expensive; and an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery that relies only on future product will surely fail as “an international cultural landmark”. Alice Springs will have to have something UNIQUE! What?

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National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’
“The Chief Minister declaration yesterday that the government preferred site is the Anzac Hill precinct is not yet in the bag. It only opens discussions with other stakeholders. So I hope.”
Relax Maya, by the time they decided, and start to demolish the old Anzac school, South Australia will have built the National Gallery


Recent Comments by Evelyne Roullet

Crunch time in Anzac Oval standoff
If the art centre / gallery is built on Anzac Oval, it will join the list of disappointing tourist attractions across the globe.
One I am particularly familiar with is the site of the pyramids in Egypt.
Travellers moaned that the Pyramids of Giza site can be seen from Pizza Hut, and are so close to the noise and chaos of the city (I could see them from my hotel).
They are flanked on three sides by the roads and neighbourhoods of Giza.
The same goes for the Great Sphinx.
Most of the photos taken of the pyramids in Giza are from a certain angle or from fairly close up, making them seem like they’re in the middle of the Egyptian desert.
In reality however, they’re really on the edge of the sands and practically in a few people’s backyards.
Welcome to Alice Springs, the Aborigines’ Art Center of Australia with no atural backdrop (I wonder what will be the scenic photo used for publicity?) but supermarkets, Plaza, coffee shops, war memorial, pubs.


Police want parents to stop youth crime
Yes Paul, but fear gives power to bullying, and the hooligans of our society.
The children in our streets are big bullies who know we will not punish them by fear of being labelled racists.


Police want parents to stop youth crime
I agree with Aranda Elder, about the lack of respect of the kids vandalising our town. Respect for others is very important, but respect for oneself is fundamental since we will value others to the extent that we are able to value ourself.
If we don’t respect ourselves we will not be respected by others either, and we cannot teach respect to others.
Thus I started to wonder about all anonymous writers on Alice Online, as there are more anonymous writers than normal names: do they have self respect?
It is essential to feel safe, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated or discriminated against.
If you’re presenting a controversial opinion, you should be willing to defend it.
If you’re writing in a genre you fear others won’t respect, keep in mind that this is their problem, not yours.
And finally, if you’re writing material that you feel ashamed of, it’s probably better to change the material than to change your name.


Gallery: Council did not say boo
Well said Louise and I believe that all involve in NT Government and Town Council should read the book of Kathleen Kemaree Wallace, Listen deeply.
Deep listening means to hear every dimension of the other person, both what is said as well as what is implied.
It means to hear the words and the emotions underneath them and to hear the general disposition and mood of the person: To hear all of it.
Kathleen is the senior artist for the art centre and over the last 20 years has mentored and supported other women artists and young women.
She is internationally regarded and her artworks can be found in many major Australian Collections.
Two years ago, over 100 non-Indigenous people from across Australia gathered at the Edge of the Sacred conference at White Gums at Honeymoon Gap, outside of Alice Springs, to hear Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann and others speak about the spiritual road to reconciliation with Aboriginal people.
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), where she served for many years as the principal of the local Catholic primary school. She is a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker.
Rather than speak of treaties and politics, Miriam Rose, shared the concept of quiet meditation, an Indigenous practice that her people use to find out who they really are, their purpose, and where they are going.
Obviously none of our politicians took much notice.


Anzac Oval: Minister won’t rule out compulsory acquisition
Mr McCarthy: “People should be reminded that this is a national gallery, this is a national Indigenous art gallery, with national and international significance …” a new international hotel will be needed for the people flocking from “across the globe” to see the gallery …
How can you talk of a national Aboriginal art gallery?
You should be aware that Aborigines for cultural reasons do not want the gallery on Anzac Oval!
The cultural centre was their idea in the first place, and you should respect their culture or YOUR gallery is plain and simple bullshit (excuse my French).
A new international hotel? Where? Melanka site? Which deal have you already made with an international foreign company?
Majority of us have friends and relatives overseas; some in the arts; with the help of Facebook, Twitter etc … the words will go around that Alice Springs does not respect Aboriginal culture, have contempt for the elders and custodians and this gallery is a money making exercise for SOME!


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