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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