The Department of Tourism and Culture was formed in 2016 with a shared and united purpose in:
• providing industry and sector support to assist with development, governance and viability
• providing grant funding to support a variety of activities and events
• conserving and protecting places, objects, events, natural and other elements which make up the physical and cultural identity of the Northern Territory
• promoting our physical and cultural identity, together with the Northern Territory more broadly, to inspire people from outside of the region to visit, and also encourage participation by Territorians.
The Department of Tourism and Culture’s vision is to create compelling reasons to live in and visit the Northern Territory.
It employs more than 640 staff with a workforce dedicated to attracting more visitors to the NT, creating adesirable place to live and working to conserve and preserve our natural and cultural assets for future generations.
The Department has two Ministers, one CEO and four divisions. Arts NT is a unit of the Community Participation, Sport and the Arts Division.
Arts NT supports, develops and promotes the growth of the creative arts sector. Arts NT gives advice, develops partnerships and provides financial and infrastructure support for the arts.
Arts NT programs include the NT Arts Grants Program and the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund. Funded programs help the development of artists and organisations in the Northern Territory (NT). These programs aim to explore, express and showcase NT identity through arts and culture.
Arts NT takes part in national arts and culture policy working groups, research and evaluation projects. These impact on how the arts make a positive contribution to healthy and creative communities. Arts NT’s role in collaborative projects across the Northern Territory Government helps to make sure the NT’s position on a national scale is strengthened and supported. Arts NT aims to make sure Territorians have access to a variety of arts and culture activities, as audience members and active participants.
The Museum Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand exists to maximise the creativity, success and reputation of cultural institution shops as core contributors to their institutions through advocacy and by providing assistance, information and professional development.
We aim to:
*Enhance communication between members through maintaining and disseminating current, high quality and relevant national and international information.
*Achieve excellence in cultural retail management through professional development.
*Be the centre of cultural retailing information through research and data collection.
*Raise the profile of the essential role of museum shops within their institutions and across the sector.
*Assist our members in making museum shops more effective and financially viable.
*Provide a voice for our members through advocating for member interests.
*Be an effective and sustainable organisation providing leadership to our members.
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (affectionately known as DAAF) provides an amazing and genuine opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design aficionados, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres.
The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists and provides a space for visitors to meet them and to learn from the variety of different cultural groups across Australia. There are a range of styles, mediums and products available including paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture, didgeridoos, fibre art and cultural regalia. The diversity of Indigenous art at the DAAF is remarkable!
DAAF was originally conceived and designed to complement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). DAAF also celebrates the National Indigenous Music Awards and the Garma Festival which are also held over the same week.
Together, these prestigious events mark the most significant national festival of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in the world.
Visitors can experience art and design from established and emerging artists that chart the future of this vibrant and evolving contemporary Indigenous art scene. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s annual program includes the fair which hosts artist workshops, spectacular traditional dance performances, children’s activity stations, film, panel discussions, fashion and more!
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is a contemporary art gallery and keeping place for cultural artefacts, located on Thursday Island – land of the Kaurareg nation, the traditional custodians of the Kaiwalagal region (Inner Islands) of the Torres Strait. Our goal is to contribute to the preservation and revitalisation of our region’s rich cultures, and to the development and promotion of local Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal art.