‘We Eat We Are’

April 6, 2021
We Eat We Are

Christine Joy Barzaga, Kainan

‘We Eat We Are’ celebrates food as a form of social sculpture that unites, nourishes and renews. Artist and curator Sarah Pirrie explores the relational experience of food as a cultural determinant, as a sacred language and as a vital environmental resource at the heart of community. Bringing together new work by leading, mid-career and emerging Northern Territory artists, and featuring artworks and collectives influenced by the Territory’s food culture, We Eat We Are presents a visually immersive and interactive exhibition experience.

‘We Eat We Are’

November 30, 2020

‘We Eat We Are’ celebrates food as a form of social sculpture that unites, nourishes and renews. The lives we live through food define our imaginary, making sense of our desires, ideals and practices as a society. Often hidden in plain sight, these are the spaces and time-valued traditions that gurgle in a pot or ripen in the sun. When we eat, we consume glocally: linking into the global and local food webs while revelling in our own sense of place.


Seasonal rhythms, generational knowledge and sensory memories flavour expectations of what it is to live in the Northern Territory. As we eat we embrace the unexpected and the familiar, and plot a vision for our future selves. Do we go out fishing or take a trip to the Woolies deli section? Eat salty plums made from time honoured Asian recipes or eat the wild harvested super food, Kakadu plum? Through our anticipation of taste, ingredients and availability, we creatively imagine and invest in our future identity and wellbeing.


The gastronomically attuned artists in this exhibition represent a cross-section of the Northern Territory’s Top End society embracing cultural diversity and a multiplicity of practices. Reflecting geographical and historical influences from the southern belt of South East Asia to the land and sea country of Indigenous Australia, their personal and

collective food journeys are the binding ingredients of We Eat We Are. The migration

and translation of social and cultural identifiers associated with the meals we survive and thrive on inform an ever evolving recipe.

See you at 6pm Friday 30th April at the Northern Centre of Contemporary Arts, Vimy Lane Parap.

Exhibition dates:  Friday 30th April – Saturday 29th May 2021
Opening Night: Friday 30th April 6-8 pm
Open Wed – Fri 10 am – 4 pm & Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Public Programs (free, all welcome)

2020 Vision

November 30, 2020
‘2020 Vision’
NCCA’s Annual Members’ Exhibition The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art is proud to exhibit its annual artists’ member show.    2020 has been a challenging year for us all, our artists have been one of our most vulnerable members of our community.    NCCA’s efforts to reach out to our artist’s members this year were met with enthusiasm and encouraging numbers of participants in this year’s member exhibition.  74 artworks from 64 local artists are hanging in Gallery One, Two, and the Box Set of NCCA. The artwork is for sale and it is a great opportunity to support our local artists by purchasing their artwork.’2020 Vision’ is our last show for the year 2020.  We will remain closed from 20/12/2020 to 28/02/2021.
See you at 6pm Friday 27th November at the Northern Centre of Contemporary Arts, Vimy Lane Parap.

Exhibition dates:  Friday 27th November – Saturday 19th December 2020
Opening Night: Friday 27th November 6-8 pm
Open Wed – Fri 10 am – 4 pm & Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Public Programs (free, all welcome)


Portrait of a Teenage Territorian’

June 24, 2020

Portrait of a Teenage Territorian is back for 2020

Portraits by teenagers of teenagers, this exhibition brings the world of selfies into a gallery setting. In this exhibition, NCCA publicly celebrates this too-often dismissed form of contemporary photography and gives NT teenagers the chance of being exhibited in a professional art gallery.

Started in 2019 as a playful companion to the NT’s Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, the response from Territorians of all ages was overwhelming, and Portrait of a Teenage Territorian was one of NCCA’s best-attended exhibitions last year. NCCA is proud to present this exhibition again in 2020.

“We received submissions for this exhibition digitally, from right across the Territory, from the red centre to the saltwater sea. When we planned an exhibition that encompassed the geography of the NT, we had luckily also designed a project that was pandemic-proof,” said NCCA Co-Director Hamish McDonald. “Once social distancing went into effect, teachers began noting that this year’s exhibition would be a unique, visual snapshot of NT teenagers in isolation.”


Exhibition launch (social distancing protocols in place)
Date: 3 July 2020
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Vimy Lane, Parap NT

Full exhibition details (social distancing protocols in place)
Date: 3-18 July 2020
Time: Wed-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm, or by appointment
Location: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Vimy Lane, Parap NT

A digital version of this exhibition will be available as of 31 July 2020 on:



July 19, 2019

24HR Art presents New Territories, the annual exhibition open to ALL contemporary visual artists practicing in the Northern Territory.

  • The exhibition is not theme based and aims to present current tendencies in local contemporary visual art practice. The key word here is current, so works should emphasize or be representative of explorations and developments within your current practice.
  • The exhibition will be judged by an external professional from the NT visual art sector and each year the winner will receive a substantial professional development opportunity to attend the opening of a major Australian art event.
  • This year’s winner will receive airfares and accommodation to attend the Adelaide Festival in March 2013.
  • Works: must have been produced within twelve months of the entry deadline and not previously exhibited. Works can be for sale.
  • Entry: The exhibition is an open entry call for works from all NT artists. Current financial Members at the time of entry receive free entry. There will be a $15 entry fee for non-financial Members, which will include a one year Membership to 24HR Art.



September 7, 2018

The NCCA AGM for 2018 will be held on Wednesday 26 September at 5.30pm at the NCCA gallery.

Nominations for Board positions should be e-mailed to Nominations close Sunday 16 September. Nominations must be seconded by a current financial member.

NCCA Funding

October 23, 2016

Parliamentary praise for NCCA

The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art was recently praised in parliament by NT Minister of Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss as ‘a fantastic art gallery’ which ‘does very important work … It plays a critical role for contemporary visual arts in the Northern Territory …’ (20 Oct, 2016)

The subject of NCCA’s tenuous funding position was raised by Gerry Wood, Independent MLA, who asked if the Minister could give any guarantee regarding NCCA’s future viability. The Minister did not give any guarantee as such but assured that NCCA’s situation was under consideration.

‘Arts Funding’ Transcript, excerpt 20 Oct 2016



 Mark Valenzuela, ‘Headshots’ installation view (detail), NCCA Screenroom Oct 2016; photo: Fiona Morrison


New sponsorship for NCCA

September 1, 2014

It is a pleasure to announce that the good people at Trouble have prolonged our Love Trouble Sponsorship.

Until June 2015 all of our events will be listed on the Troublemag website:



New Administrator for NCCA

January 29, 2014

NCCA would like to welcome Amina McConvell as our newest member of staff, taking over from Crystal Thomas as the new Administrator.

Amina has recently returned from Indonesia after successfully completing a traveling scholarship at the Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogya Karta.

Originally from Darwin Amina completed her Bachelor of Visual Art in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, 2007. Since then she has been a practising artist exhibiting installation work around Australia and internationally, most recently co-curating a cross-cultural visual arts research collective.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Crystal for all her hard work over the past two years and wish her continued success in her successful business and career as an interior designer, based in Darwin.


NCCA Christmas Opening Hours and 2014 Exhibition Program.

November 8, 2013

The Balance exhibition marks the end of our successful 2013 program. It has been a year of changes for us at NCCA, with new members of staff joining the team, including myself as the new Program Manager and our new Director Maurice O’Riordan, taking over the helm from Steve Eland.

Mid-year the Centre had a name change; no longer known as 24HR Art we hope to steer NCCA towards the same success, which the Centre under its former guise has achieved over the last 24 years.

NCCA will begin its 2014 Exhibition program in March with the gallery closed as of December the 1st. However NCCA staff will still be working hard in the office, tying up loose ends and preparing for the exciting exhibition program lined up for 2014, starting with an opening at 6pm Friday 21 March with work by Fiona Gavino and Myrto Angelouli (Gallery 2), Coco Meacham (Gallery 1), Hayley West (Screenroom) and Helen Bowes (Boxset).

NCCA will be closed for Christmas and New Year holidays from December 20 2013 to January 20 2014.

All artists in the Balance exhibition can get in touch with us to organise a day to collect their work from December the 3rd onwards.

On behalf of the staff at NCCA and our Board members we would like to thank all the Artists, curators and organisations who have exhibited with us this year, along with our sponsors and supporters who continue to help fly the NCCA flag so that we may continue to bring local, national and international contemporary art to Darwin and the Northern Territory. Finally, a big thank you to Arts NT, the Australia Council for the Arts, and CAOS (Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia) for their continued support and funding.

Many Thanks
Gareth Jenkins
NCCA Program Manager