This is the first time an institution in the Northern Territory has received funding through the National Cultural Heritage Account (Account).
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) will receive $28,000 to purchase a rare painting by Aboriginal artist Tutuma Tjapangati called Untitled (1971). It is a significant piece from the Papunya Art Movement, capturing the moment Papunya artists began to use newly available materials to create works. The painting will be welcome addition to the largest collection of Papunya paintings in the world.
The Government will also provide $130,000 in funding to Museums Victoria to assist with the purchase of a five piece bedroom suite made by WH Rocke & Co. The suite includes a wardrobe, chest of drawers, washstand, dressing table and mirror which are all in excellent condition, including original upholstery.
WH Rocke & Co was one of the most prominent and celebrated Melbourne furniture emporiums of the 19th century. The bedroom suite is significant as there are no other comparable pieces from the era of the same scale or quality.
Up to $500,000 is available each year, to facilitate the acquisition of Australian protected objects by cultural organisations for display and safekeeping.