@ Hal’s question: If you personally were asked to fund, …

Comment on Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park by Evelyne Roullet.

@ Hal’s question: If you personally were asked to fund, build and guarantee such an immensely important project, would you entrust it to the Northern Territory Government and the Alice Springs Town Council?
With respect due to all: “Certainly not.”
If I was starting this adventure. I will
Find out where and how I can obtain arts and artefacts and cost.
Work out and design the building that will accommodate my projection including parking spaces.
Look in Alice Springs for suitable sites big enough.
Have a survey to find out what site the residents will prefer.
Only then I will approach the Feds and others.
But I have a deep conviction that our leaders have already decided and are just pretending to ask our opinions. They have only in mind themselves and their mates.

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Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
Chris, the best solution to please everybody is to forget the project and leave it for Adelaide where nobody is bickering.
“It is well recognised that a National Centre for Aboriginal Arts and Culture is long overdue. The absence of a national gallery for Aboriginal Australia’s cultural and artistic heritage is a significant omission by Australian governments,” said South Australian Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall last week during the current State election campaign.
Using the momentum of the opening of the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, SA Liberals announced that they would be pushing for a National Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre should they win the March election. THEY HAVE WON.
The Liberal Party’s rather belated plan is for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, and also includes an international school of culinary excellence.
Steven Marshall said the gallery would be of international significance and would attract visitors to Adelaide.
The proposed gallery would build on assets already established in Adelaide, including Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the iconic biennial Festival of Indigenous Art, Tarnanthi, led by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
South Australia has the world’s most significant collection of Aboriginal culture, held by the AGSA and the South Australian Museum, but current space allows only 5% of it to be seen by the public.
We better put ourselves into action or like the old adage says: “Which goes to the chase loses his place.”


Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
I agree, Steve Strike.


Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
Will … will … will … and more will and more committees and teams.
In fact this is just an idea which is based on what data?
“Will attract thousands of visitors from across the globe every year to experience the most significant art this country has ever produced.” How those figures were worked out?
“Will create hundreds of local jobs during construction and create and support hundreds of ongoing jobs once complete – it will deliver significant flow-on benefits to local business.” Figures, please: How many local jobs exactly? Builders, electricians, decorators all guaranteed not to be coming from other states?
How many full time jobs except the curator?
“An economic and social impact study of the gallery to support approaches to the Federal Government and other potential partners.” What happens if no-one shows hand? Does anyone play chess in this government?


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Billy de Goat and James T Smerk: I know and understand, but I still think it is not normal and sad. It used to be enough to write after our name “Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer”. A pseudo means: “I have an opinion but not if it means that I get fired.”


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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.


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