Plans progressing for new Northern Territory Art Gallery

Construction tender to build state of the art Darwin gallery awarded to Sitzler.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

Sitzler has won the construction tender to build Darwin’s new Northern Territory Art Gallery (NTAG), which will showcase the rich collections of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), as part of the Darwin Civic and State Square Masterplan, included in the Darwin City Deal.

Situated in the heart of Darwin on Larrakia Country, the state of the art new gallery is set to elevate Darwin’s prominence as both an unforgettable tourism destination and a vibrant place for Territory locals.

NTAG is envisioned as an architectural centrepiece in its own right, with award-winning multidisciplinary team, Ashford Architects, Clare Design and Hully Liveris last year tasked with the design and documentation work for the project.

With four gallery spaces set over three levels, the design that will be brought to fruition by Sitzler is inspired by the Territory’s unique geology, landscape and climate, with a strong focus on environmental sustainability features.

“This tender award is a significant step towards realising this monumental cultural landmark, which will provide a rich and all-encompassing cultural experience for all Territorians for generations to come,” said MAGNT Director Adam Worrall.

“The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is excited to have a home to display the Territory’s significant art collection and is grateful for the support of the NT Government who understand the important intersection of art and culture within our communities.”

The NTAG is part of the Civic and State Square Precinct project and will amplify opportunities for community participation in a breadth of arts programs, special events, festivals and other public programs.

The new gallery will draw extensively on MAGNT’s vast collections, featuring inspiring art and material culture across central and northern Australia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Construction of the gallery is anticipated to be completed in 2024, followed by a period of approximately six months to build and install exhibitions before the gallery opens.

For more information, visit the Northern Territory Government website.

This article was posted 9 November 2022.

Image: Vision for the new Northern Territory Art Gallery, Darwin.

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