Art & Galleries
The vibrant collection of artworks in Central Australia will delight art lovers big and small, young and old. The region is full of a rich culture and landscape that inspires traditional and contemporary artists. Discover superb dot paintings and watercolours by some of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal artists at private and collectively owned galleries in Alice Springs or venture further afield to community art centres to see artists at work and listen to them talk about their paintings.
Dotted through out the town of Alice Springs you will find amazing Aboriginal artworks, jewellery and crafts. The Araluen Arts Centre, a hub of the visual arts scene exhibits collections from both local and Australian artists. The Albert Namatjira Gallery is sure to amaze with paintings by this most famous of Aboriginal artists.
There are opportunities to visit art studios, join paper making workshops on a cattle station and purchase unique arts and craft made by the Traditional Owners at Uluru. Be inspired by the Central and Western Desert peoples, trace the visual heritage and stunning craft of the Papunya Tula and Utopia artists. Travel to Hermannsburg, a Lutheran mission now returned to the Aboriginal people and once home to Albert Namatjira, where his originals are still on display.
Red Centre Art Trails
We've consolidated the Red Centre's amazing art attractions and events into four easy-to-follow trails so that you can experience the full richness of art in the region. You can pick up a free booklet from the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, or download the free app for iOS and Android to customise your own unique Art Trail.
Tennant Creek & the Barkly
The Barkly Region spans the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs from Barrow Creek to Newcastle Waters and stretches east to the Queensland border. The Barkly is an area that is rich in history and is characterised by golden grassy plains and clear blue skies. There are four 'must-see' experiences within the Tennant Creek & the Barkly Trail.
Alice Springs Central
Alice Springs is the capital of the Red Centre and is abundant with heritage, cultural and art expereinces suitable for all visiting age groups. The Alice Springs Central Art Trail contains amazing Aboriginal artworks, jewellery, crafts and events unique to Australia. There are eleven art stops, along with three iconic events on this trail that will guarantee unforgettable experiences.
Outback Art Trail
There are six experiences within the Outback Art Trail. Drive yourself along the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges to start your adventure, or visit some of the remote Aboriginal art centres on a tour with a professional guide. These outback centres are a vital part of remote community life and visitors have the opportunity to meet and interact with local artists. There are many exquisite cultural artworks on display and available for purchase. The scenery along this trail is extraordinarily beautiful with rugged mountain ranges, lush waterholes and stunning desert landscapes.
Road to the Rock
Road to the Rock is a great trail to take on your journey from Alice Springs to Uluru and vice versa. At Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse, you can visit their art studio, which is wholly indigenous owned and operated. Visitors have the opportunity to sit and talk to artists about their work. Curtin Springs is another stop along this trail. Join a one-hour paper making tour, where you can experience how they use the native grasses on the million acre Curtin Springs Station to produce beautiful handmade paper. Once you reach Uluru, Maruku Arts Gallery is based in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and offers unique arts and crafts made by the traditional owners, the Anangu people.