Join us at the very heart of the nation in Alice Springs (Mparntwe)

Combining elements of our most recent conferences that focused on Museums and Galleries in their Cultural Landscapes (Brisbane 2017) and Museums and Galleries as Agents of Change (Melbourne 2018), in 2019 we travel to the geographical centre of the nation to tackle some of the biggest thematic areas that occupy much of our national conversation. Museums and Galleries are situated at the very centre of that conversation in relation to our place within our communities and the way we are deeply implicated in both a local and national understanding of Australia’s past, present and shared future.

And while focusing on our people, places and practices, there will be opportunity to consider purpose, relevance, diversity, equality, national identity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agency, our various publics and the nature of co-creation, generational transfer of knowledge and much more. Delegates will also be able to explore the majesty and wonder of the Central Australian landscape (with cultural tours and opportunities for day/weekend trips to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and other incredible places) and the people, communities, museums and galleries that call the desert home. Why not plan to stay a few extra days to enjoy all that is on offer in the NT?

As a very special bonus, delegates will experience the vitality of Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art. A four-hour Desert Mob Art Fair on the closing afternoon of the conference will see many Aboriginal artists and artworkers making their way to Alice Springs from remote Aboriginal communities and art centres across the NT, SA and WA with hundreds of artworks for sale and the opportunity to become immersed in not only the art but also among the artists who share their culture through their art to keep their communities strong.

Dr Robin Hirst PSM, President, Museums Galleries Australia, National Council

Mark Crees, Director Araluen Cultural Precinct (NT)

Felicity Green, Manager, Museum of Central Australia (NT)

Countdown to the 2019 Conference



Important Dates

21 October 2018: Close of abstract submission (extended from 15 October 2018)
November 2018: Open early bird registration
December 2018: Notification of abstract result
15 February 2019: Close of early bird registration

Latest News

Keynote speaker announced: Patrick Dodson

Call for abstracts extended to 21 October 2018


Keynote Speakers






Patrick Dodson

Senator for Western Australia
Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Jane Lydon

Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Donna Oxenham

Researcher, State Library of Western Australia