Visual Arts

Artback NT’s visual arts program promotes the artistic excellence of artists nationally. We do this by developing and showcasing NT artists’ work to national audiences and by hosting local, national and international artist in residence programs. We collaborate with local and national project partners and artists and tour exhibitions to small, big, remote, regional and metropolitan venues.

Visual Arts Touring and Development Opportunities

We are always interested in hearing from curators, artists and organisations about their ideas. An expression of interest for touring exhibitions can be submitted at any time through our Visual Arts Development And Touring Application Form. Please read through the EOI guidelines and criteria and contact us for more information if required.

Current Visual Arts Programs

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Colours of the Country III - image courtesy of Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture CentreColours of the Country III is a collection of exquisite and intricate beanies that featured in the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. The exhibition has been on tour since September 2014 and is a colourful tribute to the humble beanie. Read more...
Image courtesy of Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

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Jorna Newberry, Mimpu. Muur-muurpa: Bloodwood. 310x300x340mm. c. 2000Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of works from the Maruku archive based at Mutitjulu near Uluru in the Northern Territory. Comprising of carved wooden objects, Punuku Tjukurpa is a celebration of stories, culture and Law of the Anangu. Read more...

Jorna Newberry, Mimpu. Muur-muurpa: Bloodwood. 310x300x340mm. c. 2000

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Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu. Photographic screenprint. 47 x 39cm. 2001Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Impression is a dynamic exhibition celebrating twenty years of printing at Yirrkala Print Space. Showcasing the Yolngu respect for clan and country, with many prints relating to the creation stories and Law as passed on by ancestors, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is a coming together of cultures and time. Read more...

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu. Photographic screenprint. 47 x 39cm. 2001.

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Linda Joy, Litchfield (detail). Ink on canvas, 100x75cm.Since 2013, Artback NT has offered and facilitated a vibrant, responsive suite of Artist in Residence Programs, enabling visual artists to travel to Alice Springs for a concentrated period of studio and research time within a supported environment. Read more...

Linda Joy, Litchfield (detail). Ink on canvas, 100x75cm.

 

Previous Projects

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Warumpi Band, 1981. Photo courtesy Neil MurrayStories in our Songs showcases Indigenous musicians from across the Northern Territory through digital imagery, text, animations, historical footage, interviews and audio. Featuring the Warumpi Band, Yothu Yindi, Catherine Satour and Warren H Williams, the work will tour for a period of three years. Read more...

Warumpi Band, 1981. Photo courtesy Neil Murray

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Akiq Abdul Wahid, The Order of Things, 2010.Kerjasama, or 'Collaborate', is a reciprocal visual arts residency between an Indigenous Australian and an Indonesian artist. Launched in 2014 through Asialink’s Arts Residency Laboratory, in partnership with Artback NT, Australia and Cemeti Art House, Indonesia artists spend six weeks in Alice Springs, Australia and six weeks in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to create new bodies of work. Read more...

Akiq Abdul Wahid, The Order of Things. Digital image, 2010.

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Akiq Abdul Wahid, Wajib Belajar, digital image.Indonesian artist Akiq AW completed Kerjasama, an international arts residency, in Alice Springs in 2014 and in the same year, went on to produce a major exhibition at the Chan Contemporary Art Space in Darwin. Read more...


Akiq Abdul Wahid, Wajib Belajar, digital image.

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Marina Strocchi, Full Bloom, 2001, Gouache on paper, 867x1045x35mm. Collection the ArtistNorth and South: Marina Strocchi 1995 - 2015 is a mid-career survey show of paintings and works on paper by Marina Strocchi. Starting with the tangled mangroves of Darwin Harbour, North and South has a strong narrative structure that relates directly to the topography of the Northern Territory. Read more...

Marina Strocchi, Full Bloom. Gouache on paper, 867x1045x35mm. 2001.