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.


May 15, 2012

Made Budhiana; I Gede Gunada Eka Atmaja; I Dewa Gede Rata Yoga; I Wayan Wirawan From 2005, 24HR Art initiated a series of artist camps, or residencies, inspired by the Artist in the Field program that was devised in 1979 by the late Colin Jack-Hinton, inaugural Director Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This particular artist camp was conceived by Colin McDonald QC, who has invited a group of Indonesian artists to interpret the natural landscapes and cultures of the Northern Territory. In managing the project, 24HR Art facilitated journeys through the bush to meet with Indigenous communities at Jutpurra, formally Gregory National Park, Kakadu and Western Arnhem Land region.