What’s on in Alice Springs – Sector Offerings

Alice Springs has a lot to offer, the following activities are not affiliated with the AMaGA2019 conference but may be of interest to conference delegates.


Artists in Museums project

The Artists in Museums project partners Alice Springs based artists with local museums and heritage buildings to create a suite of site-specific pop-up exhibitions to coincide with the AMaGA 2019 national conference and International Museum Day. It will be a curated project with artists making new work in response to specific collections or heritage spaces. The exhibitions will be accompanied by an exhibition trail guide and launched to coincide with the national conference to be held in Alice Springs in 13-17 May, 2019


Bond Springs School of the Air Tour

When: Monday 13 May 2019
Time: 08:00 – 12:30
Where: Bond Springs Station
Cost: $85, includes morning tea

Explore the history of Alice Springs and discover the life experienced by those choosing to work in more remote parts of our region.

Bond Springs Station is approx. 30 minutes from Alice Springs to the north. Here you will enjoy a walking tour of the historic homestead:

  • First homestead
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • Kidman Cottage (built by Sidney Kidman)
  • History Room
  • School of the Air class room

Morning Tea at the Station

On return to Alice Springs visit Alice Springs School of the Air. Learn a little more about this innovative education system that originated in Alice Springs in 1951. Witness the changes that have occurred that allow School of the Air to remain as relevant today as it was in the early days.


Hubert Pareroultja – Orbital Landscapes

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Exhibition dates: 13 May – 19 July 2019
Address: 29 Wilkinson St, Alice Springs

Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Hubert Pareroultja Western Arrarnta/Luritja man. Hubert Pareroultja is the son of artist Rueben Pareroultja, and nephew to the great late Otto Pareroultja. Today Hubert continues the extraordinary tradition of the Hermannsburg watercolourists with a futuristic twist; his own idiosyncratic orbital landscapes.

This exceptional collection is a joint project between Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, NT and Vivien Anderson Gallery, VIC.

Hubert Pareroultja, Palm Valley 2016, watercolour on paper
Hubert Pareroultja, Tjuritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT) 2018, watercolour on paper

Alice Springs Public Library Tour

When: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Where: Alice Springs Public Library

The Alice Springs Public Library is a very busy and active part of the Alice Springs Community and welcomes the MGA2019 delegates to come and have a look around. Of particular interest are the library’s special collections, including the “Alice Springs Collection” which collects Central Australian materials and includes a large image collection, and the innovative youth program projects which are creating unique Central Australian content.

Included in the youth programs is the YesterMorph project which links digital content held in the library’s special collections to digital manipulation apps, allowing young people to add new layers help tell their stories. The results of this project were amazing and the library would love to show you some of the artwork created.

Another exciting project is Indigemoji, which is aimed specifically at young Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Participants in the program are working towards developing a set of Indigenous emoji’s as a way of decolonising the internet during a time of rapid technological uptake in Central Australia. Funded by the NT Government and IndigiMob First Nations Media, the project is overseen by Arrernte linguists and language-speakers Joel Liddle Perrurle, Veronica Perrule Dobson AM and Kathleen Wallace Kemarre, and produced by Caddie Brain.

All welcome – light refreshments supplied.

Library Tour Registration

Introduction to the history of Punishment in Central Australia

When: Saturday 18 May 2019
Time: 14:00 – 14:30
Where: Stuart Town Gaol
Cost: Free of charge, donations to the National Trust would be appreciated

An introduction to the history of Punishment in Central Australia conducted by Mrs Robert Stott, wife of Alice Spring’s most respected local administrator who was the effective “King of Centralia” in the period from 1911 – 1928. This tour will be held at the Stuart Town Gaol.


National Trust Hartley St School and Stuart Town Gaol Museums

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 – 14:30 (Saturdays by arrangement)
Exhibition dates: 13 – 17 May 2019
Address: 39 Hartley St and 8 Parsons St, Alice Springs

$2 entry fee with concessions available.


Old Church and Mission Block

Open: Sundays 10:30 – 12:00 or by appointment

Entry by donation, with self-walking tour.


Telegraph Station and Trailstation Cafe

Guided tours running at: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30 daily (throughout May)

The Alice Springs Telegraph Station was the very first building constructed by European settlers in Central Australia back in 1871. It started life humming with morse code messages along Australia’s Overland Telegraph Line, and was home to Frank Gillen, who befriended the native Arrernte people and coined the word “Dreamtime” from their language. In the 1930s, children of mixed race descent were brought here, who would later identify themselves as members of the Stolen Generation. Then, the site became part of a WW2 military base, but these days, the Old Telegraph Station is an open air museum, featuring many layers of Australian history for visitors to explore.

Cafe opening hours: Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 17:00

The Trailstation Cafe features NT roasted coffee and freshly made cakes daily, with a unique cross-section of books on NT exploration, and telegraph, aboriginal and stolen generation history.