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

Successful Balance at NCCA’s 2013 Members Exhibition

November 7, 2013

Balance Exhibition
Congratulations to all the Artists who submitted work for the Balance | NCCA 2013 annual exhibition. Over fifty artists exhibited their work and the opening night was a resounding success. We would like to thank our two judges Louise Partos-Executive Director Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring, Neville Pantazis owner/manager of Parap Fine Foods, they did a great job of selecting the five award recipients this year.

Balance Award Winners
Congratulations to Siying Zhou – NCCA 2013 Overall Winner, Clifford Relph – Highly Commended Award, Joel Mitchell – Honourabe Mention Award, Andy Ewing – Honourable Mention Award and David Wickens – NCCA Professional Development Award. A big THANK YOU to this years sponsors of the Artists Awards: Brian Tucker Accounting, Cope Sensitive Freight, Sky City Darwin, Parap Fine Foods, Jacksons Drawing Supplies, Art Monthly and All About Tea and Coffee in Parap.

NCCA 2013 Overall Winner: Siying Zhou - Sit on Wishes, cuban cigar, organic chicken bone and cotton, 2013.

NCCA 2013 Overall Winner
Artist: Siying Zhou
Title: Sit on Wishes
Medium: Cuban cigar, organic chicken bone and cotton.
Year: 2013


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Highly Commended Award
Artist: Clifford Relph
Title: Order and Chaos
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2013


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Honourable Mention Award
Artist: Andy Ewing
Title: Chalice
Medium: Glass goblet, found objects, semi-precious jewellery, fake and real pearls, electric cord, glitter, silver, ininti seeds, talismans, hope, glue.
Year: 2013


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Honourable Mention Award
Artist: Joel Mitchell
Title: Hidden Valley
Medium: Found Wood, oil and laquer.
Year: 2013


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NCCA Professional Development Award
Artist: David Wickens
Title: Hidden Feathers
Medium: Acrylic on board
Year: 2013

Please visit our Facebook page at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art to view more installation images of the exhibition.


ABC interview with Groggy artist’s Therese Ritchie, Todd Williams and NCCA Director Maurice O’Riordan.

September 19, 2013

Groggy: the art exhibition taking aim at our love of liquor.

A Sobering look at NT’s drinking habit through Groggy the current exhibition at NCCA, which runs until the 12th of October.

Interview with Groggy artist’s Therese Ritchie, Todd Williams and NCCA Director Maurice O’Riordan. The interview will also be aired by 24News, State to State either Friday 20th or Saturday 21st of September.

Courtesy of ABC and journalist Alison Middleton.
Source: 7.30 NT | Duration: 4min 32sec

Click on the following link to view the interview posted on our Northern Centre for Contemporary Art Facebook page.

ABC interview with Groggy artist’s Therese Ritchie, Todd Williams and NCCA Director Maurice O’Riordan.

NCCA and Dispatch exchange program.

September 5, 2013

Dispatch visual art exchange with NCCA, exhibiting work by NT artist Leanne Waterhouse | Solitary Cohabitation Revisited at Slot gallery in Sydney.
Further information can be accessed through the following links at Slot and on the Dispatch website:

The exhibition will run from 18 August – 14 September.

Dispatch is a visual art exchange project between seven window gallery spaces across Australia. The project comprises a series of exchanges in which one space selects an artist to dispatch artwork to be exhibited in another space, and in return hosts an artist from another participating space. For each exhibition the host space will select a local writer to respond to the work. All artworks will simultaneously be exhibited on this dedicated website, along with this written response, to encourage engagement with every Dispatch exhibition around the country.

Leanne Waterhouse | Solitary Cohabitation Revisited

Leanne Waterhouse has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for the past 9 years and currently lives in Darwin. She works in a variety of media including photography, printmaking, textiles and new media. Her work is influenced by her direct environment and how an individuals environment can impact mental health and a sense of self. Solitary Cohabitation Revisited responds to Rorschach’s ink blot images and attempts to deconstruct thought patterns and common habits of the mind. ‘Reality is created by harmonics, physically manifest as mirror reflections of the soul’ Hermann Rorschach. These digital images represent the layers of thinking and the separation of thought, they are a personal interpretation of ways in which the mind has been examined in the past and the social experiments for the changing ideas we often seek to understand ourselves. It explores concepts of isolation, repeated thinking and over thinking. The idea that the mind is examined almost although it is a separation of self. Solitary Cohabitation Revisited was originally developed for NCCA’s Boxset. Solitary Cohabitation, consist of three large perspex digital images, the images have been reprinted, deconstruction and reconstruction to create a new installation that considers it’s new environment