Bruce Walker says the National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) should:- • …

Comment on Define gallery purpose before picking a site: Bruce Walker by Charlie Carter.

Bruce Walker says the National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) should:-
• Have a singularly spectacular iconic structure; a built form that is compelling in its own right, in a unique location that unites, inspires and excites all. It needs to stand out internationally.
• Be at the heart of the inland capital (at the very centre of town physically, socially and spiritually).
I see these as a contradiction.
I cannot envisage this proposed development anywhere other than situated in the landscape of Central Australia, either north or south of The Gap.
Definitely not tucked away in the town, in the midst of the whitefella built environment.
He also says:
• Art and Culture are inseparable – they are expressions of the history and the future of Aboriginal people.
Yet he does not address the issue of the co-location of the Aboriginal Cultural Centre with the NAAG. Probably because they could not easily co-exist in the “physical centre of town”.
I agree with most of the points raised by Bruce, but his conclusion does not follow from the gist of his argument. Perhaps, as Alex Hope suggests, he also has an agenda to “revitalise the CBD”.
His comment that “the Desert Park appears to be too far out of the CBD to achieve the purpose of the investment and the centrality of Aboriginal Art and Culture to the concept of the Inland capital”
is not valid.
I suggest that the Desert Park itself is already part of the “inland capital”.

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Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
I have a query that Mr Lynch may be able to help with.
“Locations” in the report has 3 headings:
• Recommended (Desert Park).
• NTG preferred (Anzac, 3 versions).
• Sites not recommended (incl Desert Knowledge).
Does “not recommended” mean by the panel or by the NTG, or both?
It seems to me that many of the arguments for the DP could also apply to DK.


Now $90m earmarked for Aboriginal gallery
“Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1973.”
So said Tom Lehrer, the most brilliant song satirist ever recorded.
For the young and deprived you can check him out on YouTube.
Happy 90th birthday Tom.
The Gunner gunna Government Gallery has now become two thought bubbles.
To paraphrase the Onion Eater: Satire (in the NT) is dead, cremated, pulverised and buried.


Gallery reference group co-chairpersons announced
Fine words.
“Indigenous governance and agency at the core” and “built according to Indigenous cultural principles” comprehensively rules out the Anzac precinct if they are taken at face value.
And “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be at the forefront of this project, guiding, advising and facilitating this history changing moment”.
Do you understand these fine words Moss and Gunner?
Or are we in for more cognitive dissonance from a Government with its hands firmly over its ears.


Is Adam Giles making a bid for top land council job?
Hal, David Ross started working at CLC in 1979.
He has been Director/CEO for 20 years.
I am not sure of his exact age, but it would seem that he is due for retirement.
Giles’ leadership and management abilities are on record for all to see with his brilliant success as Chief Minister of the NT.


Government-made dust bowl: What comes next
Mr Stubbin is no doubt from Darwin.
Perhaps no one has told him that we do not have a “rainy season” in the Centre?


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