Arts @ Council
Public Art serves to celebrate our heritage and cultural diversity by creating visual landmarks, which act as natural gathering places for local storytelling and information-sharing. Public art also enhances the visual experience for visitors and encourage emotional connections with our uniquely creative town.
Open Expressions of Interest (EOI)
There are currently no open Expressions of Interests. (EOI)
To be notified of upcoming opportunities, sign up to the Artist Register.
Public Art Masterplan
Public Art is a major drawcard for Alice Springs for tourists and our community. Recognised around the world for our unique character, our Public Art draws inspiration from our Town’s landscape, people and stories. Not only does Public Art provoke thought, but it also encourages sense of place within our community.
To make sure we continue to provide opportunities to our creative’s, the Council developed the Public Art Masterplan 2020 – 2030 which was created after extensive consultations with residents and the creative and cultural sector.
This Public Art Masterplan defines the vision, principles and a framework to guide decision-making on future public art.
It builds on existing public art practices and policies and will assist Council to support the development of a relevant, diverse and exciting collection of public art in Alice Springs!
Samson & Delilah and Sweet Country, by CTO & LINZ
All them Tourists goin’ to look at Countryside
The animation below has been produced from a mural titled ‘All them Tourists goin’ to look at Countryside’ and is located outside the Alice Springs Public Library. The mural showcases the landscape and culture of the region and has been brought to life through an animated clip. This clip features the artist Billy Tjampijinpa Kenda telling the story behind the mural. This project was a collaboration between the Alice Springs Town Council, Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists, and a local animator.
This animation was made possible through Regional Arts Australia.
Are you an Artist looking for upcoming opportunities with the Alice Spring Town Council?
To get on our mailing list and Artist Register, submit your interest!
We will use this database to send you through upcoming Expressions of Interest for Public Art Works and keep you in mind for events and workshop opportunities!
Opportunities are available to musicians and group, street performers, visual, sculptural craft artists, digital artists, videographer and photographers, as well as facilitators, MC’s, Comedians and Advocates!
For more information, get in touch with the Community & Cultural Development Team at 08 8950 0582.
Alice Springs Town Council Art Collection
Alice Springs Town Council’s art collection consists of over 350 artworks and represents several decades of award-winning artworks from the Caltex Art Award (later known as the NT Art Award) and the Alice Prize.
Pieces acquired by the Central Australian Art Society and the Alice Springs Art Foundation, between 1968 and today, have been generously donated to Council for the people of Alice Springs. The collection comprises a noteworthy 30% of the Araluen Art Collection, where it is commonly held, and features around 20 painted boards from the early Papunya period – the start of the Western Desert Art Movement, famous for its Aboriginal dot paintings.
Council’s Civic Centre is home to the extraordinary Battle for the Spinifex series by then local artist, Kaye Kessing – 11 paintings highlighting the feral animal problem in Central Australia. Kaye’s vibrant and entertaining artworks were also used as scene backdrops for an educational play which toured Australia in 1990.
Public Art Map
In September 2020 Council launched its interactive online public art map — www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/artmap. Having the ability to view online, visit, learn and engage with more than 60 public artworks is a benefit to both locals and visitors to Alice Springs.
The map was jointly funded by Council and the Northern Territory Government through the Visitor Experience Enhancement Program.
Hard copies of the Alice Springs Public Art Map are freely available from Council reception or many visitor sites around town, or you can download the map below!
Untyeye/The Fork-Leaved Corkwood Tree/Hakea divaricarta and Local Birdlife by Pip McManus
Arts in the Community
Are you an Artist in Alice Springs? Check out some of these Arts Organisation that offer art groups, workshops and opportunities for artists.
Here are a few key contacts to begin your creative journey:
To find out more about Public Art in Local Government, check out the NAVA Love Your Local Toolkit!