On 22 June 2012, the Desert Peoples Centre Art Training Facility was officially opened before a large audience, with broad representation from the local creative economy and social sector. Among the speakers at the ceremony were Karl Hampton (MLA for Stuart & NT Minister for Central Australia), Harold Furber (DPC, Chair), Claire Kilgariff (Head of Faculty of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)), Adrian Mitchell (CEO, BIITE), Stephen Anderson (BIITE) and Keith Castle (DPC). To demonstrate the depth of talent and range of creative areas that will be supported by the facility, the audience was treated to a showcase of “wearable art” and a gallery exhibition, which included printmaking, etching, painting and fashion design. A BBQ with fresh damper was also a highlight!

The new facility will provide a base for BIITE’s art programs and courses, with the gallery space regularly exhibiting new works and hosting events. The building itself is a great complement to the landscape of the DPC and was built with the support of the Department of Education and Training (DET).