The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) remains the only independent public gallery in the Northern Territory dedicated to contemporary art. This unique mantle and mandate manifests through a diverse and dynamic annual exhibition and public program which supports both artists and other cultural programs within Darwin. The gallery has long been a critical platform for forging an interface between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal art and artists. The NCCA began life in 1989 as 24HR Art, NT Centre for Contemporary Art, a reference to the gallery’s original location in a disused petrol station. In 1990, we moved to our current location in the former Parap Cinema building. Our name change in 2013 gives emphasis to the gallery’s vision as a contemporary art crucible both of the Northern Territory, as well as our orientation that looks northward towards remote Indigenous and Southeast Asian communities.

VISION: To cultivate contemporary visual arts, artists, and audiences.

MISSION: NCCA is the leading center for contemporary visual art in the Northern Territory – bringing together diverse communities of artists and audiences to engage with contemporary ideas and practices. NCCA brokers opportunities for artists locally, nationally, and internationally and connects communities through its dynamic programs.

NCCA Values

EXPERIMENTATION: Providing a supportive and critical space for artists and curators to take risks. ACCESSIBILITY: Presenting art in a context that develops audiences and understanding.

EXCHANGE: Connecting artists and arts organisations across the Northern Territory, Australia, and Asia. INTEGRITY: Conducting business with respect, honesty, and transparency.

EXCELLENCE: Pursuing high-quality artistic content and presentation models across exhibitions, projects, and public programs.


NCCA Constitution