Araluen Cultural Precinct
The Araluen Cultural Precinct includes art galleries and a theatre, the Museum of Central Australia, including the Strehlow Research Centre, the Central Australian Aviation Museum, Central Craft, Yaye’s Café, and a host of significant public works of art and Arrernte sacred sites.
The heart of the precinct, the Araluen Arts Centre operates as the visual art and performance hub of Central Australia, presenting an annual program of exhibitions, performances, and film. Known as the keeping place of stories, Araluen holds within its spaces some of the most significant works of art in Central Australia and brings to the stage world class performances from around the nation (and at times the world).
The Centre was officially opened in 1984 and began with two art galleries, a 500-seat proscenium arch theatre, and a multipurpose art space. In 2000 it evolved into its current form adding a further two art galleries – including the signature Albert Namatjira Gallery.
The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the Contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of Central Australia and the Western Desert Region as well as significant local contemporary artists in their response to place. The Araluen Art Collection includes original artworks by renowned watercolourist Albert Namatjira.
The Araluen Arts Centre is committed to inspiring and entertaining the Alice Springs community, visitors and tourists with the very best local, national and international artists.