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.

What's on?

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

Exhibition: Arrentye Mamu (Monster Monster)

Opening hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Exhibition dates: 16 April – 24 May
Address: Tangentyere Artists Gallery, 16 Fogarty St, Alice Springs

New Yarrenyty Arltere sculptures, Tangentyere paintings and Ewyenper Atwatye screen printed products.

Exhibition: Hubert Pareroultja – Orbital Landscapes

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00am – 5.00pm
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

Exhibition Floor Talk at Araluen

When: Saturday 18 May 2019
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Where: Araluen Arts Centre
Cost: Free

Tjungunutja reveals the most significant collection of early Papunya paintings in the world. These paintings marked the beginnings of the Western Desert art movement and are now regarded as some of Australia’s most treasured cultural, historical and artistic items. Join co-curator, Luke Scholes, for a unique insight into the creation of the exhibition. Luke will also discuss some of the paintings and the extraordinary stories behind them.

Image: John Tjakamarra, Pintupi c. 1937 – 2002, Ceremony 1972
Synthetic polymer paint and natural pigments on compressed fibre board. Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (WAL 214) © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency courtesy Papunya Tula Artists.

Introduction to the history of Punishment in Central Australia

When: Saturday 18 May 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Where: Stuart Town Gaol – 8 Parsons St, Alice Springs
Cost: Free of charge, donations to the National Trust would be appreciated
Maximum number of people: 25
Booking essentials: To book please email meggkel@yahoo.com

Megg Kelham, presents “Mrs Robert Stott’s history of punishment in Central Australia, 1911 – 1942”, an interactive theatrical performance designed to provoke discussion about some of the reasons why Central Australia has one of the highest incarceration rates in contemporary Australia.

Megg Keham is the only member of the Professional Historian’s Association of the Northern Territory (www.historians.org.au) to call Centralia home. This guided tour of Centralia’s first purpose built prison is based on original archival research.



NT Writer’s Festival

Storytellers and writers from across the country will gather for the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs/Mparntwe under the theme lyapirtneme | returning.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the McDonnell Ranges, which carry the stories of giant caterpillar totemic ancestors, the festival will take place from 16-19th May in storied country.

In Arrernte, lyapirtneme translates as something growing back or appearing again, after an absence. In the same vein, the English returning speaks of regeneration, renewal, and repatriation. It might also make us think about going back to places, to the past, or something coming back to us. Both languages speak of cycles and patterns; both reckon with loss, and reference hope.
Writers and storytellers whose work illuminates this theme will converge for the four-day festival of ideas, culture, conversation, ‘storied walks’, book launches, talks and more.

Full program announced April 2019. Visit: www.ntwriters.com.au

School of the Air Bond Springs Tour

When: Monday 13 May 2019
Time: 8.00am – 12.30pm
Where: Bond Springs Station
Cost: $85, includes morning tea
Bookings are preferred by email to vcmanager@assoa.nt.edu.au – Additional contact: +61 8 8951 6834

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.

Studio Open Day – Central Craft

Come along and watch members demonstrating their craft in 3 large studios ,there just might be a craft you would like to learn, or maybe, you already know a craft and would like to join our centre to participate with others to enjoy a great day.

When: 10.00am – 2.00pm, Saturday 18 May 2019
Located: Central Craft is located in the Araluen Cultural Precinct (just next to the Museum of Central Australia)

Unthemele awetyeke Language Learning Walking Tour

Apmere angkentye-kenhe  – A Place for Language

Werte! Apmere angkentye-kenhe mpwaretyenhe nhenhe apmere Mparntwe-nge Arrernte mapeke.
Artist mape apurte-irretyenhe tyerrtye Arrernte mapenge angkentye Arrernte rlterrke atnyenetyeke imernemele tyerrtye apmere arrpenhe-arenye mapeke alke.

Apmere angkentye-kenhe is a project valuing Central/Eastern Arrernte as the first language of Mparntwe Alice Springs. As defined by Arrernte language custodians, Apmere angkentye-kenhe makes different things to vitalise language knowledge transfer within Arrernte families and with a broader public.

Unthemele awetyeke [listen as you go] is an Arrernte language learning walking tour around Mparntwe Alice Springs. You can participate in the tour anytime. Download the bandcamp app and preload Unthemele awetyeke on your device for $10 (pay online). Bring headphones, print out the map, and take a 30 minute walk around the Mparntwe CBD learning Arrernte language with a focus on direction words. The tour was created by Lorrayne Gorey, Alison Ferber, Michael Gorey, Coco Wallace and Beth Sometimes.

World War 1 Stories: Phone App

When visiting Untyeyetwelye (Anzac Hill) in Alice Springs you can listen to the World War 1 Stories App, which is available free on both android and apple devices – and can be downloaded throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The app was developed in Alice Springs and launched on Remembrance Day 2018 at Untyeyetwelye on the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1.

The app contains oral stories of soldiers and a nurse who served in World War 1, told by those who served or by a family member. The app contains stories about the initial sense of adventure of going off to war, to injury, shellshock, as well as death, and highlights the grief of loved ones left behind and the struggles of those who served to re-adjust to society after return home. The App also includes information on some soldiers from Central Australia who served in WW1.

ASPATT has developed the app project with an aim to increase public awareness of the experiences of soldiers and others who served, and the human cost of World War I and to encourage critical thinking and exploration of alternatives to war as a means for resolving human conflict. The stories brings together a series of voices and images in an accessible form and are designed to illuminate people’s experience when visiting ANZAC Hill.

Download the app free from Google Play or the Apple Store by following the links below:

Google Play link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.worldwaronestories
Apple Appstore link: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/world-war-one-stories/id1441207859

The App was developed by the Alice Springs Peace Action Think Tank (ASPATT), a small group of locals committed to peace, in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio Inc. The World War 1 Stories App Project has received funding through a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Armistice Centenary Grant; an Alice Springs Town Council Community Assistance Grant – and has occurred in partnership with 8CCC Community Radio Inc, who received funding through the Community Broadcasting Foundation Contents Grant Scheme

Contact details: Jonathan Pilbrow (Alice Springs Peace Action Think Tank (ASPATT) 0403 611 815
aspatt2016@gmail.com ; & Benjamin Erin (8CCC) 0416400483 stationmanager@8ccc.com.au
Website: https://8ccc.com.au/show/armistice/

Places to visit

Araluen Arts Centre

Located at the centre of the continent, Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs is one of Australia’s most remote regional galleries. Established in 1984, it sits within the 9 hectare Araluen Cultural Precinct, home to Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. Araluen Arts Centre houses one of the most important regional art collections in Australia, which has a focus on Central Australian artists and reflects the beginning and continuing development of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. The collection features impressive works by renowned watercolourist Albert Namatjira and the Western Desert Region in particular. Araluen Arts Centre has presented nationally significant exhibitions including development and display of the first ever retrospective exhibition of Albert Namatjira’s work in 1984, and is home to the signature Desert Mob exhibition and associated cultural events occurring every September since 1991. Araluen is thrilled to host the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference and to provide the opportunity for delegates to experience the incredible art and culture at the very heart of our country.

AMaGA2019 delegates are welcome to free entry to all galleries for the duration of the conference, from Saturday 11th May – Sunday 18th May. To learn more about Araluen including Desert Mob and our collection, see araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au.

Address: 61 Larapinta Drive, Araluen, Alice Springs Northern Territory 0870
Phone: 08 8951 1120
Open every day 10.00am – 4.00pm (including most Public Holidays)

Central Craft

Central Craft is a hub where designers, artists and craftspeople come together to create. This not for profit organisation also has a gift shop with all items made by our members and the June Marriott Gallery with an exhibition by Textile Artist Kasia Tons.

Open: 10.00am – 4.00pm daily
Located: Central Craft is located in the Araluen Cultural Precinct (just next to the Museum of Central Australia)

Megafauna Central

Opening hours: Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Address: 21 Todd Street Mall, Alice Springs
Cost: Free entry

Megafauna Central showcases the unique megafauna that roamed Central Australia up to 8 million years ago. Meet the world’s largest bird, and a fearsome crocodile that would be more than a match for the biggest modern salty.

The Alcoota Scientific Reserve is an exceptionally rich fossil site located about 150 km north east of Alice Springs, in the centre of Australia. It preserves the abundant bones of 30 species of animal, including many megafauna that were living in the heart of Australia in the late Miocene Epoch, when the Australian deserts were just beginning to form.

The fossils are spread over a 200 metre stretch of ground and include the remains of as many as 3000 individual animals that all came to be buried in the same place.

What drew these creatures to one spot and what killed them? What can we learn about the evolution of Australia’s unique fauna? Come to Megafauna Central to uncover the mystery.

Bilingual text and Arrernte audio enhances the visitor experience.

A free augmented reality app brings megafauna to life at selected sites around Alice Springs.

Megafauna Central is pleased to showcase new works by local artists as part the Artist in Museums Project.

Visit our website for more information magnt.net.au.

Please note: Due to its fragile nature, the Alcoota Scientific Reserve is not open to the public and we ask all to respect and help protect it.

Museum of Central Australia

Opening hours: Open 7 days, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Address: Araluen Cultural Precinct, 4 Memorial Ave, Alice Springs

In the heart of Alice Springs, the Museum of Central Australia charts the region’s unique natural and geological history. See how the landscape and fauna have evolved from the big bang to the present day. The Museum of Central Australia also houses the Strehlow Research Centre, one of Australia’s most important collections of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life. This collection is culturally restricted and not on open display.


Visit the temporary exhibition A FRONTIER JOURNEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY OTTO TSCHIRN 1915–1918. Otto Tschirn’s images give you a remarkable insight into the social world of the changing Central Australian frontier during the early years of the 20th century.

AMaGA2019 delegates are welcome to free entry to the Museum of Central Australia.

The Museum of Central Australia is pleased to participate in the Artist in Museums Project displaying new works by local artists reflecting on the MAGNT collection.

Visit our website for more information magnt.net.au.

National Trust Hartley St School and Stuart Town Gaol Museums

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.30 – 14.30, Saturdays by arrangement via +61 8 8952 6717.
Exhibition dates: 13 – 17 May 2019
Address: 39 Hartley St and 8 Parsons St, Alice Springs
Cost: $2 entry fee with concessions available

National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame

Open: 7 days a week, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last entry at 4.15pm)
Address: The Old Alice Springs Gaol, 2 Sturt Tce.
Cost: Special price of $10 for conference delegates

National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame (soon to become the Women’s Museum of Australia) is a leading women’s museum celebrating the contribution and achievements of Australian women. It began in 1993 in direct response to the lack of stories being told of women who lived and worked remotely in the Centralia Australian region. Over the years it grew to become a national women’s museum, recognising and celebrating women from all across Australia.
It is located in the Old Alice Springs Goal, and also showcases the history of HM Gaol and Labour Prison Alice Springs, which continues to have relevance to contemporary issues and the cross cultural landscape in which it sits.

Visit our website for more information pioneerwomen.com.au.

We are excited to be partaking in the Artist in Museums Exhibitions with three artists displaying works on site during the AMaGA2019.

Old Church and Mission Block

Open: Sundays 10.00am – 12.00pm, Saturday 18 May for International Museum Day 10.00am – 2.00pm, or by arrangement with Olga +61 8 8955 0158.
Address: Corner of Gap Road and Strehlow Street
Cost: Entry by donation, with self-walking tour

Experience the unique 9:00am worship service in one of six local languages plus English. See the historic photos and samples of 1930-60s Hermannsburg crafts and industries. ‘A gem in our own backyard’ – comment by local historians.

The Residency

Open: Weekdays 10.00am – 3.00pm
Address: Corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets (Next to the Alice Springs Post Office)

A beautiful historic building in Alice Springs. Home of the first Government Resident of Central Australia.
Presenting arts, history and heritage related events and displays.
The Residency is an exhibition venue for the Artists in Museums project.

Click here to download the brochure

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.