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Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre

The Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre will provide a platform for the world to learn about the unique cultures and incredible story of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Image: The reference design for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre, which will be built on Kaurna land, adjacent to the Adelaide Botanic Garden on North Terrace. Design credit: Woods Bagot & Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.

Located on Kaurna Yarta (Kaurna Country), the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC) will be Australia’s premier centre honoring more than 60,000 years of continuous First Nations cultures across the country.

The commitment to the AACC is significant; the Australian Government will provide up to $85 million towards the construction of the centre under the Adelaide City Deal, with the Government of South Australia providing $115 million in additional funding.

The AACC will be the cultural heart of Lot Fourteen and be internationally recognised as an iconic place of belonging, healing, reconciliation and pride for the people of South Australia and will help drive interstate and international tourism to Adelaide as a unique major cultural destination.

The centre will create an extraordinary, immersive experience combining traditional storytelling with modern technology to deliver a major cultural tourist attractor and a source of pride for all South Australians, as the world learns more about the incredible story and unique cultures of Australia’s First Peoples.

The state government is working in close partnership with Aboriginal communities on planning and development of this internationally significant centre, to ensure it reflects their culture, values and aspirations. The Aboriginal Reference Group has been established with members from South Australian and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island stakeholder groups.

Mr David Rathman AM has been appointed by the Premier of South Australia as the Ambassador and Aboriginal spokesperson for the project to strengthen the participation of Aboriginal communities in the planning and implementation stages.

In February 2021 Woods Bagot and Diller Scofido + Renfo (DS+R) were appointed to work with the Aboriginal Reference Group to develop the detailed architectural design for the centre.

Programmed early site works are scheduled to begin in late 2021 with the AACC scheduled for opening to the public in early 2025.

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