Adelaide’s Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre could rival architectural icons such as the Sydney Opera House and use cutting-edge technology to portray First Nations culture in never-before-seen ways, but could also be at risk of bureaucratic stonewalling. Stephanie Richards talks to the man appointed as a key leader of the $150 million gallery.
Premier Steven Marshall’s decision to scrap former Labor government plans for a contemporary art gallery at Lot Fourteen is a “huge opportunity that’s been wasted” and the replacement $150 million Aboriginal Arts and Cultures Centre is an “incredible waste of public money”, claims an eminent arts administrator who helped plan the junked gallery.
The State Government is advertising for a director to deliver the $150 million Aboriginal art and culture gallery planned for Lot Fourteen – before cabinet ministers sign off on an overdue business case outlining the centre’s viability.
The State Government insists that Adelaide is the “logical” home for a national gallery showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, as a rival bid to build an Indigenous cultural centre in Perth gains traction.