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Watch This Space is a dynamic contemporary artist-run space with a long history in the desert of Central Australia. Our annual Creative Program supports local and interstate, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, emerging and established artists with a focus on contemporary and experimental multi-disciplinary art. While we nurture broader contemporary themes, WTS also aims to stimulate discussion around issues that relate to our local context. Our program seeks experimental, innovative and conversation-inspiring art in all its forms. We offer professional and creative support, mentoring from our Curatorial Committee and the possibility to exhibit work offsite. We have a lively onsite studio community of local and visiting artists; a large gallery space; The Pantry (a small experimental gallery space); and JBird's outdoor performance area for exhibitions, happenings and events.

We have various processes to apply for programs: some are deadline-based, others vacancy-dependant, others Open Call all year 'round. Click the images for more details on each program.



Our Creative Program offers exhibitions from March through to November of each year. We welcome proposals from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individual artists, groups of artists, curators and community organisations.

2019 program full booked. Applications for first half of 2020 now OPEN >>


Amongst our gallery and six studio spaces, Watch This Space reserves one studio for artists living ‘out of town’ –interstate, overseas or outside the NT’s Central Desert region.

2019 program fully booked. Applications for first half of 2020 now OPEN >>


As part of our annual Creative Program and support to artists, WTS holds five onsite studio spaces for local artists.

There are currently no studios available.



The Pantry is a small gallery space for experimental exhibitions and video/photography projections. The program welcomes applications all year round and uses the "quick response" process. Exhibition period is two weeks with no hire fees.

Applications open all year.


The Writing on the Wall noticeboard operates as a space for artists, researchers, autodidacts and amateurs to share the matters, insights, and methodologies that they think are most urgently needed in the world.

Applications open all year.


The Loftys is the Centre’s annual independent art award, celebrating an individual who has greatly contributed to the region's Arts Community. The award was named in honour of Pam Lofts, founder of Watch This Space.

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There are currently no employment vacancies.


Our gallery and outdoor space is open to the community to hire for events throughout the year.


Banner image: Free BQQ Cash Giveaway 2014. Photo credit: Alexandra Hullah