On Monday 23 July we opened Provenance Arts at 55 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park. It is 100% owned and governed by Injalak Arts.
Provenance Arts shares the cultures of the Top End and remote Australia with visitors. In one welcoming and fully air-conditioned space we have combined shopping, exhibitions, learning and interaction opportunities, demonstrations of arts and crafts, film and events, PLUS Australia’s first specialist Indigenous cultural tourism information service. Browse artworks and products from over 30 community art centres and projects from across Western Australia, the NT, and Queensland and non-Indigenous artworks too.
This venture has been a huge undertaking for us over the last year and the opening was an amazing celebration. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the party – the goodwill was overwhelming. A huge thanks to Chief Minister Michael Gunner who officially opened the venue and Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss who launched the Injalak Hill Rock Art book. Thanks also to the other VIPs who attended.
Key individuals along the way have made huge contributions to making this dream come into being with their advocacy, moral support, advice and elbow grease: Karen Coote, Abbie Northwood, Anne Phelan and John Clark, David Muller, Scott Welsh, Kevin Bray, Amber Young, Sue Connors, Paul, David and Cam of Red Hat Impact Investment, Buku Larrnngay mob, GT Builders and their amazing team, Matthew Cunliffe and Merinda Campbell.
A Tourism NT Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Grant was confirmed in September 2017 specifically for infrastructure/renovations and that started the journey from idea to reality. IBA paid for a structural engineering assessment and valuation appraisal for the building. Department of Business NT came through with funding for the original business opportunity assessment in 2017 and Feasibility Study/Business Plan and this website in 2018. There is still a shortfall for refurbishment costs due to blowouts but we remain optimistic something will work out.
Injalak Arts would also like to acknowledge its four year partnership with RISE Ventures that has given us the support and flexibility to expand and improve our business model and sustainability. Also we appreciate ongoing book-keeping and accounting support from Nexia Edwards Marshall in Darwin.