The Territory Government’s $2.5 million investment to transform the Mimi Aboriginal Art and Craft gallery in Katherine has achieved another milestone, with the $2.3 million construction contract awarded to local company NJ Homes (NT).
The new facility – which will include a gallery, retail space, storage areas and upgraded artist studios – is part of the $30 million Arts Trail Gallery Extension Program which is being rolled out across Katherine, Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land.
The design, brought to life by Territory company Troppo Architects, includes more flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for the creation of new work and opportunities for visitors to engage with Aboriginal arts and culture from the Katherine region.
Works will include:
- upgrading the structure to improve the use of space and provide an engaging and functional building that proudly celebrates and showcases Aboriginal arts and culture; creating a new gallery and retail area to enhance the display of art and promote marketing and sale of artworks and products;
- new entry and verandah area incorporating Mimi designs into the building facade and screens, and landscaping incorporating local native plants;
- flexible outdoor and indoor spaces for hosting visitors, delivering events, exhibitions and workshops; and
- upgraded artist studios and facilities for artists, as well as administration, art preparation and storage areas.
The project is progressing in consultation with local stakeholders including the Mimi Ngarrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation Board, staff and member artists.
Construction begins this month and is expected to be completed later this year.
Source: NT Government