Thank you, Mr Lynch, for your timely and very relevant …

Comment on Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners by Domenico Pecorari.

Thank you, Mr Lynch, for your timely and very relevant criticism.
Sadly, the Territory has never been able to do “planning” well, and the sign, advertising an art and cultural centre that has long closed, is a sad example of how badly we do “management”.
Can you imagine how we must look to the disappointed tourists that set out for the art centre, only to find a carpark?
Could anyone blame them for thinking we are an un-cultured lot?
After all, didn’t we recently let one of the most iconic Indigenous paintings of our time, Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth Creation slip through our fingers?
The painting could have been the Blue Poles of the new art gallery, ensuring Alice Springs had a truly unique work, one worth the long trip to get here.
Lost for a paltry $2 million by a government that sees art purchases as an expense instead of as an investment.

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