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


August 21, 2013

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NCCA’s ‘New Territories’ Members’ show for 2013 is around the corner and this year takes a theme: BALANCE.

The theme is inspired by Paul Kelly’s recent spoken tribute at the state memorial service for the late Dr Yunupingu, former lead singer of global sensation Yothu Yindi, and long-time educator and cultural ambassador for his people. Kelly remembered Dr Yunupingu as ‘a man of balance’.

Members are encouraged to respond to this particular tribute context of ‘balance’, or of the word/concept more broadly, with a bulging (but well-balanced) swag of prizes on offer (more details to come) for those works judged to best address the theme.

Exhibition dates: 1 NOV – 30 NOV

Entries must be delivered between 15 OCT – 18 OCT

Conditions of entry:

  • The exhibition is an open entry call for works from all NT artists who are NCCA members. 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 NCCA.
  • All Works must have been produced within twelve months of the entry deadline and not previously exhibited.
  • It is the responsibility of the artist to make sure that their work is ready for installation on delivery.
  • All visual material must be clearly labeled with contact details, name, membership number and expiry date, title, year, dimensions and medium including price if the work is for sale.
  • NCCA will not sell artist’s work unless prior arrangements are made with the artist or the artist’s agent. Any enquiries for sales made to NCCA will be forwarded to the artist or artist’s agent.
  • NCCA takes no commision for sale of artists’ work.

For more information contact Gareth via email at:, or by phone on 08 8981 5368

New Director for NCCA

September 24, 2012

Just as NCCA (the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, formerly known as 24HR Art) undergoes a re-branding, it also sees Maurice O’Riordan stepping into the role as new Director, with the departure of Steve Eland last month who held the Directorship for the past 7 years.

For O’Riordan, a fine arts graduate from the Australian National University and current editor of Art Monthly Australia magazine, the Director role signals his return to Darwin where he first cut his teeth as an arts writer in the early 1990s, often writing about 24HR Art/NCCA exhibitions and events. Since that time O’Riordan has gained a wide breadth of experience in the arts – as a writer, curator, publicist and arts manager.

‘I’m looking forwarding to getting stuck into this role’, O’Riordan said. ‘I think Darwin and the NT have a lot to offer in terms of the visual arts. Some of it has had good exposure but there’s a lot of untapped talent out there and there are always new connections to be made.’

O’Riordan also appreciates the timing of his appointment, coinciding with 24HR Art’s re-branding as NCCA, the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.  ‘It may take some getting used to’, he says, ‘as a lot of people have long histories and positive attachments to the ‘24hr Art’ name. But I think it’s a good, even necessary change. The “Northern” descriptor is not just about being in the Northern Territory but about the centre’s strategic outlook, where ‘Northern’ is also about engaging across the whole of the Top End and with Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.’

Clare Martin, current Chair of the NCCA Board, congratulated Eland on his longstanding term as Director: ‘Steve has done remarkably well to strengthen NCCA in terms of its national, professional standing and in its strategic vision’, she said. ‘Steve was particularly active in forging artistic exchanges with our Indonesian neighbours, and with China’, said Martin, describing the value of such exchanges in terms of ‘the increased opportunities and audiences for NT artists as well as enriching our view of, and sense of place in, the region’.

‘NCCA wishes Steve all the best in his next endeavour as we embark on our own new chapter’, Martin said.

O’Riordan has already commenced the Director role part-time, and will move into it full-time at the beginning of 2014.

Media enquiries: M 0414 941 049 W 08 8981 5368


September 19, 2012

24HR Art staff and Board members wish to congratulate Min Wong on receiving Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award 2012. Find out more information about this award and winners here


September 14, 2012

24HR Art staff and Board members wish to congratulate the 2012 winners and sincerely thank the judges. MAJOR PRIZE: Winner, Gareth Jenkins. Prize: Flights & accommodation to attend the Adelaide Festival 2013. 2ND PRIZE & 3RD PRIZE: Talitha Kennedy and Nicole Vandersteegen Prize: $300 Jacksons voucher.


July 15, 2012

To register for the workshop, please contact Oldrich Dubsky, Administration & Marketing Officer, Darwin Community Arts Inc. tel: (08) 8945 7347, eMail:

The workshop fits 10 – 12 people. People who are willing to participate full four-day workshop will be given priority in enrollment.