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

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

New Sprung Floor at 67 Bath Street

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government, through the Community Benefit Fund, Red Hot Arts was able to secure funding for a new sprung floor in our Studio Rehearsal Room at 67 Bath Street. The completion of these works has also transformed the space into a fully functional black box theatre. This is wonderful news for not only our dance and theatre community and current regular users of the space, but our community as a whole through attendance at classes and productions within the space. The works have now been completed and the space will reopen once both the COVID-19 restrictions have relaxed and when Red Hot Arts deems it appropriate under the circumstances.

The new floor garnered support from a range of local businesses, dance organisations and independent dancers. The lack of an accessible sprung floor in Mparntwe/Alice Springs saw choreography being altered and shortened to avoid injury, and the need for protective equipment to be worn at times. This new floor will mean that the dance and theatre community will be able to practice in a safer and more conducive to creativity space. The benefits of such will be passed onto the wider community through the expression of such artistic expression.

Local Arts Continue

Looking around at what our local and global community are doing for each other and themselves at this time is beautiful, despite with weary faces and voices with a little waver of unease. For those of us privileged enough to be online with devices and high-speed internet, there’s a multitude of connectedness, entertainment, resources and support. In fact, the first thing that came to many minds, including ours at Red Hot Arts, was to get online, stream gigs, develop classes, workshops and exhibitions, all to go online. And what a result there’s been! And what about those incredibly important, dare I say, old-fashioned ways to connect too?

The Library have their Book-a-Book service wherein you can borrow up to 40 items that can then be picked up or DELIVERED! An idea for those offline could be to make a phone call and read some excerpts and digress into discussions of what you’ve borrowed and what you’ve loved. They also have the usual kids’ activities online. So, get your Baby Rhyme Time, Pre-School Storytime, QuarunSTEAM Club and Lego Club at home. And please do follow their Facebook page for the sweetest of videos and hilariously written updates.

Staying with literature, have you seen Watch This Space’s Writing On The Wall noticeboard yet? It’s outside, in front of the organisation, perfect for a stroll. You can also submit some work to potentially be displayed. Contact them via email at or even send by post? Further, Kelly Lee Hickey is hosting another series of Love, Resistance and Other Survival Strategies, running fortnightly via Zoom for 12 weeks.

Guts Dance have their kids dance classes for 4 – 6 years and 7 – 12 years on Tuesday afternoons and their Chance to Dance classes for the over 50’s age group at 6pm on Tuesday’s also. Thursday afternoons are for Open Contemporary and Mini Movers on Friday mornings for the littlest of ones. Lauren Jones has some supplementary classes including a free stretch class on Monday mornings. Bravo to you all for generating a lovely way to keep us connected, moving and feeling.

Some other very interesting things on offer online from our local creative collective are the Centred in Choice morning chanting each Tuesday, Tjanpi Desert Weavers have online tutorials for weaving and also have a kit that can be purchased and sent out to you with printable step-by-step guides. Bring the choir to your home with Alice Sings holding choir practice each Sunday. Join their Facebook group for more information. Or perhaps you’d like to go out for dinner and meet new people through your phone? The Gap View have an initiative to do just that. Contact them direct for more information.

You can watch some great local films online at the moment too. Biddy O’Loughlin’s wonderous and wide ranging short films can be watched for free on her website, In My Blood It Runs can be streamed on their website for a small rental fee, and the famed Finke: There and Back film by Dylan River is also available to buy both digitally and on disc. Go to the Madman Films website and search for Finke.

For more information please go to the Red Hot Arts website found at And for now, let’s write letters, let’s sit on the front porch or in the front yard, let’s cook meals, let’s make phone calls and let’s listen to the radio…

Alice Arts Sector Connects Hub

We’ve developed a new section on the Red Hot Arts website titled “Alice Arts Sector Connects”. This will contain relevant information and updates for the arts sector during COVID-19. We hope this can become a hub that is easy to access for all. Information added will include legislative and regulatory changes, opportunities, stimulus and grant information, and other support and initiatives. View the page here and sign up to become a free Red Hot Arts member here to stay up to date.