Araluen Arts Centre

The Araluen Arts Centre was opened in 1984, with a 500 seat theatre and four major art galleries. The Araluen Arts Centre is the key Centre for visual and performing arts activity in Alice Springs and the Central Australian region. The galleries house a significant collection of works by Central Australian Aboriginal artists, with a number of important collections from Aboriginal organisations and art centres housed in the facility. Two of the galleries always feature works by Aboriginal artists in central Australia from the Araluen Art Collection, while the other two exhibit temporary and travelling exhibitions, with works by local artists often on display. The annual theatre program includes performances by national touring companies as many high quality local productions. The theatre is also available for the presentation of corporate functions and conferences, in association with the function room and the galleries where suitable. The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most interesting cultural and historical attractions in Alice Springs, encompassing performing and visual arts, the natural history of the region, Aboriginal culture and the more recent European settlement.

The attractions which make up the Alice Spring Cultural Precinct include:

* Araluen Arts Centre

*Central Australian Aviation Museum

*Yeperenye Sculpture

*Museum of Central Austraila

*Albert Namatjira Gallery

*Strehlow Research Centre

*Territory Craft

Collections

There are four art galleries in the Araluen Arts Centre. They feature an exciting program of exhibitions including Aboriginal art, particularly from the central desert region and contemporary art by Northern Territorian and other Australian artists. The Araluen Arts Centre also stage major travelling exhibitions on a regular basis.

The Albert Namatjira Gallery features a display of works by this famous Aboriginal artist, his family and contemporaries, as well as the work of Aboriginal watercolour artists of today. The exhibition also includes a display of the Papunya Community School Collection, a group of 14 paintings from the early 1970's. At this time, a stylistic change occurred in Central Australia, when acrylic paintings of a more symbolic nature emerged. The designs of these new works were more connected to traditional cultural practices rather than the realistic framing of local landscape in the watercolour tradition, and form the basis of a practice that continues today.

The Araluen Galleries also houses an extensive collection of artworks on behalf of the Alice Springs Town Council, Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Central Australian Art Society and Territory Craft. The collection has been built up over a period of more than 30 years with input from some of Australia's best-qualified judges of visual art.