Local artists come together for Retribution


Arts Project Grant funds Darwin exhibition.

An Arts Projects grant has allowed Northern Territory (NT) artists to come together for a poignant look at what the future of humanity looks like in a confronting exhibition.

‘Retribution: What happens next’ is the work of 11 NT artists that showcased at the NT Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Curated by Carmen Ansaldo, courtesy of a $14,000 Arts Project grant, the exhibition continues to shine the spotlight on local artists and curators.

“I am proud of the artists, all their responses have been so clever, and I think the array of different mediums that feature in the exhibition is important too,” they said.

“The grant allowed us to give local artists resources to be able to respond to this very particular concept, meaning that the majority of the work that you are seeing in the show hasn’t been exhibited before.”

“I think it’s fantastic when local audiences get the first look at new works from established local artists who have interstate and international demand.”

Arts Projects grants support NT artists, not-for-profit arts organisations and the arts community by funding projects that create and showcase the arts of the Territory, provide skills and employment opportunities for NT artists, and support community access and participation in the arts.

Petrit Abazi, Director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), is proud to support the work of local artists.

“The NCCA is the Territory’s premier art space, fostering the development and delivery of exciting new art from across Australia and overseas. Welcoming local curators and artists is particularly rewarding. These arts grants allow us to support the talented arts practitioners from our region,” he said.

Georgia Thomas, Acting Director, Arts NT, believes that a strong and vibrant arts and cultural sector is integral to the health and wellbeing of our communities and the Arts and Culture Grants Program continues to place artists and arts workers at the centre of the programs.

“Artists and arts workers are at the heart of our arts sector, weaving our stories through the creative and cultural fabric and celebrate who we are as Territorians,” she said.

‘Retribution: What happens next’ features works by local artists Franca Barraclough, Rupert Betheras, Fabian Brown, Jonathon 'World Peace' Bush, Liss Fenwick, Crystal Love Johnson Kerinaiua with Francis Jules Kapijiyi Orsto and Jens Johnita Cheung, Elizabeth Martin, Eve Pawlik and Matthew van Roden.

Arts Projects grants are open now and are available for up to $20,000 per applicant to present or promote their work, develop their skills, and to research or create new work.

To find out about the grants, view the 2022-23 Arts and Culture Grants Program Guidelines online at https://nt.gov.au/artsgrants

Retribution: What happens next

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