Kieran Finnane

Al Strangeways wins Portrait of a Senior Territorian

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Her portrait Hills: Kathleen Wallace and the Dancers has taken out the $7000 acquisition award. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval: hand it over, says NT Government

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The Territory Government will not discuss any alternative sites for its proposed national Aboriginal art gallery:  instead it has asked council  “to work with us on transitioning this site to one owner, being the Northern Territory Government”


UPDATE 5.05pm

Anzac Oval is freehold, owned by the council and the site was not included in the native title determination, says CLC.


UPDATE 5.50pm: The threat of compulsory acquisition of the land could lead to years in court, says Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. FULL STORY »

Opening musical roads for each other, with love

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A nine-woman singer-songwriter concert sold out two shows on the weekend – and no wonder, with its big-hearted celebration of the ways of women in the world, underpinned by artistry. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Can government afford cultural discord gallery is creating?  

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Without questioning the support some (mostly anonymous) Aboriginal stakeholders have given the national Aboriginal art gallery project, it is troubling that numerous identified local Aboriginal people continue to voice their objections to both the government’s preferred site and its process in developing the project. KIERAN FINNANE asks if  this is a consequence and a public image that the project, and the government pushing it, can live with?

UPDATED 10.10am, 1 October 2018, Minister replies (sort of).  FULL STORY »

Why aren’t people listening to us? 

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The mood in the packed council chamber on Monday night was overwhelmingly against any change of use for Anzac Oval. In the interest of a better informed community debate, KIERAN FINNANE provides a comprehensive record of the questions and comments that came from the floor during public question time, at the start of the meeting. FULL STORY »

Council’s confidence in government severely shaken

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Even conservative Councillor Glen Auricht thinks the NT Government’s gallery process has been ‘a debacle’ and came close to supporting Cr Eli Melky’s late night ‘no confidence’ motion in the government. Meanwhile, Cr Jamie de Brenni says council can still say ‘no’ to acquisition of the oval. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Scullion and Price charged for PM’s reception

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The invoice for what was determined by council to be a campaign event for Jacinta Price as the Country Liberal candidate for Lingiari now includes labour costs for council personnel involved. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Breakthrough support for Alice Springs art space

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After 25 years Watch This Space, Alice Springs’s ARI – Artist Run Initiative, as such spaces are called around the country – is going to be able to pay artists to show their work, instead of artists paying them. FULL STORY »

Desert Song’s fire burns bright

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With Desert Song  Morris Stuart has created a festival that is a reflection of what it aspires to – a peaceful, just and inclusive world – offering a richly mixed cultural experience in Australia’s heartland. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Video by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Strong visitation and sales for Desert Mob 

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Opening night sales were up by $50,000 on last year’s, with 110 works sold over the weekend, worth $405,070. FULL STORY »