Great news for Darwin and the Australian art industry as a whole with this announcement. You can check it out below.

Thanks to the Australian for reporting on this and the original version of the article can be found here.

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Art in the heart of Darwin

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Long Jack Phillipus will have his works in the collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Source: News Corp Australia

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory will get a new visual art space in the heart of Darwin, with the announcement of an $18.3 million redevelopment of the Chan Building directly opposite Parliament House.

It’s anticipated the building may be used to host an exhibition of Papunya boards and paintings, representing the beginnings of the Aboriginal art movement. The MAGNT collection includes historic works painted by Papunya Tula artists including Long Jack Phillipus.

Chief Minister Adam Giles says the funding will come from the 2015 budget and from external sources. “This fantastic building is in a prime position for tourists and locals to access but it has sat idle and neglected for too long. It’s a travesty and we plan to put this right,” he says.

The Australian first revealed the plan in April 2013. MAGNT chairman Allan Myers says the redevelopment comes at a crucial time in MAGNT’s history.

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