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Sat 24 Nov. 5pm.


The Loftys

WTS's Annual Award for High Endeavour In The Arts In Central Australia

The Lofty Award is named in honour of Pamela Lofts, one of the founding members of Watch this Space ARI in 1993. The award recognises her dedication to her arts practice, consistently producing works of a high quality across a variety of media, and her contribution to the development and exhibition of contemporary and experimental art and the cultural dialogue in Mparntwe/Alice Springs and Central Australia.

Each year since 2011, The Lofty has been presented to a special and deserving individual in our local arts community. The award is designed to acknowledge the recipient's achievements in the arts and/or contribution to the community through their practice, recognising those who play a role in the ever evolving creative culture of Central Australia.

Whilst the award is given to an individual, it is also the broader community who benefit as it enables a wide range of people to be inspired and participate in arts and culture. It is a chance for to come together and recognise the individuals who are responsible for nurturing and maintaining this vibrant community in and around Alice Springs. The awards ceremony is accompanied by celebrations, wild performances, music, speeches and lots and lots of love.

The 2018 winner of the Lofty will receive a locally designed commemorative trophy commissioned by Watch This Space, a lifetime membership to Watch This Space and inclusion in the 2019 program, and a $1000 cash prize.

Previous winners of the award are Franca Barraclough, David Nixon, Kieran Finnane, J9 Stanton, Doris Kngwarraye Stuart and Elliat Rich.


In 2018, the evening's festivities will feature:

Exhibition by Elliat Rich

From Straight to Curly interactive performance

Presentation of This Must Be The Place

Presentation of The Two Five video interviews

Announcement of the 2018 Lofty!


@ WTS. Free.



Make a nomination


  • Be a current or previous member of Watch This Space

  • Demonstrated a dedication and passion for maintaining a high standard of arts practice that builds the cultural voice of Central Australia


  1. Your contact details: name and phone number.

  2. Name of your nominee and their primary art practice.

  3. A brief statement of the nominee’s demonstrated contribution to and impact on the arts in Central Australia.

  4. List three specific projects the nominee has undertaken.

  5. Watch This Space strives to encourage excellence in experimental arts practice in Alice Springs by providing artists with advice and support in their endeavours. How do you think inclusion in the 2019 Watch This Space program will benefit the artist?



As part of the 2018 WTS Annual Creative Program
and special events from the 2018 WTS Program: