Arts @ Council
The animation above 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.
Alice Springs Town Council presents an annual program of events and activities involving the local arts and cultural community. If you are an artist looking for upcoming opportunities with Council, please register your interest via the link here.
Opportunities are available to musicians, bands, street performance, visual arts, photography, sculpture, painting (including murals) and more!
For more information on Council’s arts and cultural opportunities, please contact Council’s Community and Cultural Development Manager on 8950 0505.
Expression of Interest Applications Now Open
Alice Spring Town Council invites artists (individuals or in groups) who have a connection to Mparntwe to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for undertaking the development and execution of a permanent artwork on the base of the Alice Springs Town Council Christmas tree that depicts appropriate flora and fauna reflecting a Central Australian Christmas.
Read the Artist Brief below and complete the Application Form here.
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.
There are numerous public artworks to see in Alice Springs. So much so, that Council has prepared a free map, highlighting the locations of dozens of murals, sculptures, decorative tiles and functional artworks. More than 40 artworks can be found within the Todd Mall and CBD area and more are added each year, supported by Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
In September 2020 Council launched its interactive online public art map — www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/artmap. The map is a key objective of the Alice Springs Town Council’s Arts and Cultural Plan and has been developed in collaboration with artists, the community and proudly produced by local business. 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.
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.
Hard copies of the Alice Springs Public Art Map are freely available from Council reception or many visitor sites around town.
Alice Springs Town Council also has a registry of public art in Alice Springs. If you would like more information on a specific art work or works, please contact Council.
Alice Springs Town Council has developed a 10-year Public Art Masterplan 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 that is recognised as being of a high standard within Australia and abroad.
Alice Springs Town Council – Arts and Cultural Policy
In 2007, the newly-formed PAAC developed Alice Springs Town Council’s first Arts and Cultural Policy, in response to an arts funding initiative by the NT government. Council’s policy provides a framework to ensure a standard of professional excellence in the planning and execution of all public art projects.
The present Arts and Cultural Policy 2017 ‑2021 provides strategic direction in making arts and culture an intrinsic part of the character, economy and appeal of Alice Springs. The document will support and guide future Council decisions in relation to arts and cultural programs, facilities and investments.
Alice Springs Town Council – Arts and Cultural Plan
The Alice Springs Town Council Arts and Cultural Plan 2017- 2021 aims to ensure the local arts and cultural sector has the skills, resources and resilience to meet the greater ambition of building a strong and engaged community, through the arts. Public art in Alice Springs is integrated into the Places and Spaces action area of this plan.
A copy of the current Alice Springs Town Council Arts and Cultural Plan 2017 — 2021 can be found here.
Arts in the Community
Joining a local arts group or workshop can be a richly rewarding social venture for new residents to Alice Springs. Here are a few key contacts to begin your creative journey: