Chris, the best solution to please everybody is to forget …

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

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.”

Evelyne Roullet Also Commented

Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
@ 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.


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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