Revitalise Alice Street Art Project hits Todd Street

Todd Street received a facelift this week after the installation of two colourful landscapes by Alice Springs artist Jude Mapleson to the exterior of Eurilpa House.

Mapleson’s work joins the likes of Cecilia Price, Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann in brightening the streets of Alice Springs as the latest installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project.

Mapleson’s selected works, titled ‘Australia Day on the Finke’ and ‘Road to Umuwa’, have been installed by TJ Signs. It is the third installation they have done as part of the project.

Mapleson has lived in Alice Springs for over 40 years and took her first steps into painting under the guidance of the late Iain Campbell at Alice Springs College of Tafe in 2000.

Since then, she has been guided by other well-known Centralian artists including Patricia Weeks, Henry Smith and Barbara Stuart.

She has exhibited at The Residency, the Advocate Art Award at Araluen Arts Centre, Central Crafts’ June Marriott Gallery and the Corowa Federation Art Exhibition.

In 2001 she won the Endeavour Award for her first oil painting at the Advocate Art Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Iain Campbell Memorial Award.

Quotes from artist Jude Mapleson:
“Thanks to Red Hot Arts for making it all happen, and to the owners of the building for choosing my work.”

“When I applied to have my paintings used, I imagined a roller door or a single shop window. The size of the installation is a complete surprise, I can’t wait to see the effect. The largest my paintings have ever been is the size of a full watercolour sheet!”

“I’m pretty proud that two of my favourite pieces are out there for all to see. Central Australia is stunningly beautiful and inspires me visually in all of its aspects: landscapes, botanical, bird and insects.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chansey Paech:
“The Territory Labor Government’s ‘Street Art Project’ is a community-driven initiative that champions the spirit and character of Central Australia and revitalises the Alice Springs CBD.”

“The project is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $15 million ‘Revitalising Alice CBD’ initiative to reinvigorate the town and create a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

“The works improve the aesthetics of the town, create work for local artists and small businesses, and showcase the world-class artistic talent on offer in Alice Springs.”

“Red Hot Arts promotes Central Australia as a national arts and culture destination and fosters the development of our region’s artists so we’re pleased to partner with them on this project.”

Quotes from Red Hot Arts General Manager Jen Standish-White
“We are so pleased to deliver the fifth installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project to help brighten the streets of Alice Springs before Christmas.”

“Jude’s vibrant artworks are a wonderful addition to the northern end of Todd Street and beautifully capture the colours of the Central Australian landscape.”

Quotes from TJ Signs Director Jason Edwards:
“This is the third installation we have done for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. It’s great to see the streets of Alice Springs getting a boost of colour and we are excited to be involved in the project.”
About Revitalise Alice Street Art Project
Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.

We encourage building or business owners to contact our Festivals and Events Manager, Tamlyn Neck, on if they are interested in participating in the project.

Revitalise Alice Street Art Project continues!

The stunning work of local artist Cecilia Price has joined the likes of Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann in brightening the streets of Alice Springs as the latest installation of the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project.

Largely self-taught, Cecilia has a distinctive bold style and uses it to capture the beauty of the Central Australian landscape.

This is particularly true of her painting ‘Inside Ormiston Gorge’, which has been installed on the exterior of the Tourism Central Australia (TCA) office in Todd Mall this week.

The TCA office is a fitting canvas for Price’s depiction of Ormiston Gorge, which is one of the jewels in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park.

Cecilia Price has been a resident of Alice Springs for almost 30 years. During that time, she has travelled extensively throughout remote Australia and developed her artistic skills to embrace watercolours, oils, and a wide range of other mediums.

Artist Cecilia Price said:
“I’m quite thrilled that my painting has been chosen. This will be the largest my work has been displayed and I’m excited for everyone to see it.”

Red Hot Arts General Manager Jen Standish-White said:
“Alice Springs is renowned for being a vibrant arts community and the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project is transforming the streetscapes seen by locals and visitors alike from empty walls and windows into beautiful artworks that speak to the vastness of our central desert environment.”

Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.

We encourage building or business owners to contact our Festivals and Events Manager, Tamlyn Neck on if they are interested in participating in the project.

2020 NT Performing Arts Awards Nominations now open

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2020 has been a hell of a year and the performing arts have been hit hard but in the Northern Territory we’re still celebrating our creative people and the work they do. As a huge acknowledgment and nod to the many people who bring the NT performing arts scene alive, the Awards are peer driven with you nominating the people who make a difference. The sector is vast, think; creatives, performers and designers, to behind the scenes; writers, producers, production and technicians to those artists who inspire the next generation.

How does it work?
Jump online to nominate. The form includes six suggested categories but if your nomination doesn’t fit in to those, we invite you to make a new category because we don’t want to leave anyone behind on this journey.
Nominate here

There are no limits to the number of nominations you can make. If you see a performer you like during a festival or at an NT venue, know of a designer who is creating amazing work, want to give credit to a production person who goes above and beyond the call of duty, or perhaps someone you know who is inspiring the next generation of NT performing artists, then nominate them TODAY for an Award.

Nominations will stay open until 19 October with the NT Performing Arts Award Night to be held in Darwin in late November to coincide with the sector forum MAP (date tbc).

The inaugural NT Performing Arts Awards were held 2019 and initiated by the sector to recognise the huge contribution that creatives make to the vibrancy and liveability of the NT.

Got any questions?
Jane Tonkin Executive Producer Corrugated Iron Youth Arts 08 8948 3200
David McMicken Artistic Director Tracks Dance Company 08 8941 1410
Sean Pardy Artistic Director Brown’s Mart 08 8981 522

Red Hot Arts Announces New Chair

Red Hot Arts is pleased to announce that Penelope McDonald, has stepped into the position of Chair following the recent resignation of Jonny Rowden, who has left to focus on his creative artistic practice.

Penelope brings the experience of a long career in the creative industries to the position, as well as in depth knowledge of the region and the Northern Territory more generally. She currently runs a film production company, Chili Films, based in Alice Springs.

The other continuing Board members are Barbara Clifford as Secretary, Jeanette Elliot as Treasurer and new general member Edward Gould who came onto the Board at the recent AGM joining Chips Mackinolty, Leon Tripp and Catherine Satour, providing continuity and stability in these challenging times.

Quotes from Chair, Red Hot Arts Central Australia, Penelope McDonald:

“As Chair I would like to thank Jonny Rowden, who has given above and beyond, through challenging times, as he has steered the organisation through many changes over the past 18 months. We wish him all the best with his new creative endeavours.

“The Board would like to express our appreciation to both Asta Hill who stepped down from the board earlier this year, and who provided rigorous advice supported by her strong legal background; and to retiring board member Damien Ryan whose insight from his in depth knowledge of governance and love of arts was valuable to the board. We are excited to welcome new members Edward Gould and Jeanette Elliot. Edward’s musical and education experience and Jeanette’s finance experience will add strength to Red Hot Arts’ Board of Directors.”

New Board Members

Jeanette Elliot has spent over 10 years working in finance for the not-for-profit industry in Melbourne. Jeanette has a passion working with at-risk disadvantaged young people to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect providing employment and training. It was during this time through work trips to Central Australia where Jeanette developed a love and fascination of the Northern Territory, causing her to make the move to Alice Springs. She has also been a long-term business owner and has broad experience across finance and operations.

Edward Gould is a musician, composer and educator who has made Alice Springs his home since 2014. Edward graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where he studied as a saxophonist. Ed was an active member of the Melbourne Arts scene, presenting work at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Numerous Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Since relocating to Alice springs, Ed has released music under his own name, co-founded Alice Sings, a local community choir which he continues to lead, and works as a music teacher in primary schools throughout the Northern Territory.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity, fostering arts and cultural innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to develop and profile the central Australian arts sector and to contribute to the artistic, cultural, and economic development of the region. Our artistic program includes creative industries and cross sector partnership development; advocacy, sector, and industry support; marketing and audience development. We offer a range of services to the community of Central Australia, including workshop, rehearsal, meeting and studio spaces and facilities for hire at 67 Bath Street. As the unique regional arts body for Central Australia, we promote the region’s arts and cultural events across traditional, online, and digital poster platforms, activating community engagement and social well-being through the arts.

Media Contact: Jen Standish-White 0417 468 502

Free Professional Development Workshop Series From Red Hot Arts

As part of Red Hot Arts’ professional development program we are presenting a series of free workshops commencing on June 23rd. These are being presented both online and in-house at 67 Bath Street. This has been made possible with the generous support of the Northern Territory Government through the Arts NT Creative Resilience Program. This is a great opportunity to capture more of an audience and provides those that may not be able to attend in person to join in on the learning from afar.

The first two series have now been released and are being delivered by two well-known locals, Darcy Davis, otherwise known as D Day, and Barbara Clifford, otherwise known as The Time Tamer.

Darcy will be breaking down the fundamentals of beat-making with Ableton Live to get you on your feet over three workshops, starting from the basics and advancing into more deeper production concepts.

In Barbara’s four Showcasing Your Art as a Professional Business workshops, you will learn who your audience is and how to market to them, how to create a strong online presence, how to efficiently showcase your work via social media and how to build digital tools to assist with marketing and finance.

Places are limited so get onto it!

For the Showcasing Your Art as a Professional Business series click here.

For the Albeton Live series click here.

Red Hot Arts Appoints General Manager

Message from the Chair of Red Hot Arts

It is my pleasure to announce that the Board has formally appointed Jen Standish-White as the General Manager for Red Hot Arts. Over the last 12 months, Jen has committed a tremendous amount of work and energy into the organisation, initially in a volunteer capacity, and then as the Acting General Manager, her diligence and attention to detail have guided the organisation through a number of challenges it has faced.

Jen has worked over the past 16 years in Alice Springs in management roles in the Arts, Indigenous, Social Service and Tourism sectors. During this time, Jen has also served on a number of not-for-profit community sector Boards. Jen has extensive local and national knowledge across the not- for-profit and government sectors and brings a range of managerial skills, particularly in Governance that are of benefit to the organisation.

The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Jen, and all staff, whose combined skills ensure Red Hot Arts continues to deliver a range of programs to the benefit of the community of central Australia.

Jonny Rowden, Chair

Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost

The Regional Arts Fund have received a recovery boost so there’ll be more funding than usual available through the Regional Arts Fund.

Darwin Community Arts will be administering the fund in the NT. They are in the midst of finalising the details and will have more to share by mid-June.

Stay tuned!

More info here.

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Revitalise Alice Street Art Project Commences

A breath of fresh air has begun to enliven our CBD as the first artworks to be rolled out under the Territory Labor Government’s Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia begins.

In late 2019, over 30 of our local Alice Springs artists submitted their expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process, artworks were shortlisted, and negotiations begun with local building and business owners. The ensuing challenges and hardships faced by both our local arts community and business owners, as the COVID 19 crisis and subsequent restrictions were put in place, saw the project in danger of floundering.

The dedicated team at Red Hot Arts is thankful that the past few months of planning, connecting and supporting, will now see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and more importantly, create work for our local artists and support our local businesses, injecting much needed income into our local economy.

We are counting on local artist Melanie Gunner’s bright and beautiful piece depicting Central Australian flora that has transformed the roller shutters at the This Is Aboriginal Art gallery in the Todd Mall to encourage all building or business owners in the CBD with roller shutters to contact Red Hot Arts if they are interested in participating in the project. Who would not want to transform their grey, dull roller shutter into a vibrant artwork that celebrates the community and spirit of Central Australia and ensures that Alice Springs is ready to welcome visitors post COVID-19?

Likewise, if your business lends itself to the application of window wraps, be inspired by the 3 mesmerising West MacDonnell Ranges watercolour landscapes, by highly respected Central and Western Arrernte/Aranda man, Mervyn Rubuntja, of the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre that now adorn the windows of the Alice Plaza at the northern end of the Todd Mall. And a perfect segue to entice an exploration of the Larapinta Trail when restrictions are lifted!

And if that’s not enough to brighten your day, local artist Alison Hittmann, a  quintessential part of the fabric of Alice Springs’ arts community, is currently creating redolent artwork to celebrate the cacophonous and raucous galahs that regularly screech and roost in our local flora and which will be installed onto the exterior walls of The Bakery in June.

For more information and for businesses in the CBD (bounded by Wills, Leichardt, Stott and Railway Terraces) to express their interest in participating in the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project, please be in touch with Tamlyn Neck on

Minister Moss update Re: COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions in The Northern Territory

To our creative industries sector,

Yesterday, the Chief Minister outlined the first steps on the road to recovery, setting out a staged process for Territorians to get back to what will be a ‘new normal’.

We are the first jurisdiction in Australia to move towards recovery, with some restrictions starting to be relaxed from today.  However, it is important to note that physical distancing rules remain in place.  That means we still need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from people we don’t live with.

I would like to commend the Creative Industries Sector for the way in which you have adapted and innovated during this time, with many practitioners moving from a traditionally visual and participatory practice to an online model.

The Northern Territory Government is delivering a three-stage process towards easing restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 – these will be very relevant to the sector and I encourage you to get across the available information to understand what they mean for you.

In short:

Stage 1 – 1 May 2020 – Applies to simple and safe outdoor activities where physical distancing can be maintained at all times

Stage 2 – 15 May 2020 – Activities included must be undertaken in less than two hours, and a COVID-19 Safety Plan must be completed and submitted prior to opening

Stage 3 – 5 June 2020 – Prior to resuming operation, all businesses and organisations must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The two hour time limit will be removed and restrictions will be eased further.

** Major events will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 Safety Plan checklist will be available from 5 May 2020 – further details on what this looks like will be available soon.

In the meantime, please familiarise yourself with the below factsheets and Q&As which expand on what the various stages specifically mean for the creative industries sector, live music, and Museums and Galleries:

·      Creative Industries general

·      Arts – includes information on when class/workshops/rehearsals and live music can resume.

·      Museums and Galleries

·      Screen industry

·      Facilities Update

Update on the Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Program.

Arts NT has received a large number of applications across the available grants and is currently assessing applications for:

  • Virtual Territory producer
  • Territory Arts Projects

Reminder there will be a second round June 2020, dates to be confirmed.

  • Digital Adaptation Program

Reminder that submissions close for Channel NT – Virtual Territory on 8 May.

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their patience, cooperation and resilience over this incredibly difficult time.  Thanks to the swift actions of the Federal and NT Governments and the entire NT community, we are in the incredibly fortunate position of being the safest place in Australia.  This has allowed us to be the first jurisdiction to plan a path towards recovery and you should all be very proud of your contribution to this great result.

Of course, we absolutely need to maintain our vigilance because this crisis is far from over; that means continuing to maintain good hygiene practices and physical distancing principles.  Please make sure you are across the latest advice available via as you begin to re-establish.

There’s also a hotline for general information – 1800 518 055.  Or you can get in contact with Cathy Young in my office – – to assist working through any specific queries you may have.

Again, well done and I look forward to working with you through this next phase.

Warm Regards

Lauren Moss

The Hon Lauren Moss MLA
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Minister for Corporate and Information Services
Northern Territory Government of Australia

Level 5, Parliament House, Darwin NT
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