Keeping it genuine: running a gallery in the NT

After 22 years, RAFT artspace director Dallas Gold is shifting up the model to address market pressures and connect with genuine needs.
Gallery dealer Dallas Gold pictures with painting by Simon Hogan and Lawrence Pennington.

Running a commercial gallery in any environment is a challenge. Doing it in the Northern Territory is especially so. RAFT artspace has survived 22 years and two locations (and a brief stint in Hobart as RAFT South). It first opened in Larrakia/Darwin in 2001 – where it presented more than 150 exhibitions – before moving to Mparntwe/Alice Springs in 2010.

Now, however, Founder and Director Dallas Gold has decided to pull back and close the doors on the usual commercial cycle.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina