The home of all things art, history, science and culture in the Northern Territory.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is governed by the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a statutory body established under the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Act 2014.
The Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is responsible for the effective management of MAGNT and is directly accountable to the Northern Territory Government, through the Minister for Arts & Museums. The Board consists of up to ten members appointed for a three-year term (for a maximum of two terms) by the Northern Territory Minister for Arts and Museums.
The objective of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is to maintain the highest standards of excellence in preserving, researching, exhibiting and communicating the record of natural history, art and peoples of the Northern Territory.
The mission of the MAGNT is ‘making sense of the world by discovering and interpreting the past and present for the future’.
As a statutory authority, the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is responsible for the management, operation, and development of the MAGNT and the collection.
The MAGNT was born in 1966, with the introduction of a Bill into the Legislative Council of the Northern Territory. Dr Colin Jack-Hinton was appointed the MAGNT's first director, taking up the position in 1970.
It was first housed in the renovated old Town Hall (originally known as the Palmerston Town Hall) in Darwin’s central business district
But on that fateful evening, Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, destroying the old Town Hall and damaging much of the MAGNT collection.
For the next few years both the staff and collection were housed in multiple buildings around Darwin, coming together for lunchtime lectures in the ruins of the Old Town Hall.
After much deliberation, approval was finally granted for the construction of a new purpose-built museum and art gallery at Bullocky Point, on the site of the old Vestey's Meatworks. It was opened on the 10 September 1981.
Over the last few decades, the MAGNT family has grown to include regional museums and heritage sites across Darwin and Alice Springs. The MAGNT became an independent statutory body on 1 July 2014.
The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) has been held annually at the MAGNT since 1984 and aims to showcase the very best contemporary Indigenous art production in urban, regional and remote Australia. The MAGNT, in partnership with Telstra increased the overall prize money to $75 000, including $50,000 for the Telstra Art Award and $5000 for each of the five category prizes. The MAGNT and Telstra also introduced the inaugral Telstra Youth Award in 2014 for artists aged 18 to 25. It replaced the Telstra New Media Award.
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