Tactile Arts is a member based, not-for-profit organisation that has been showcasing and promoting makers of contemporary art and craft in the top end of the Northern Territory since 1973.

We actively support artists and craft practitioners at every stage of their careers by providing access to multiple platforms from which to develop skills both creatively and professionally.

Our vision is to see a world where handmade is valued and art is appreciated in everyday life.

To achieve this, we present a progressive annual program of exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies and major events. We operate a retail shop and provide access to specialised studios and equipment fundamental to the production of art and craft, including in textiles, printmaking, glass, jewellery, and ceramics.

Our gallery and studios are located in the picturesque grounds of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and our retail shop is located in Darwin’s Parliament House.

Proceeds made through Tactile Arts directly support artists and crafts practitioners in the Northern Territory.

Header Image: Hearts & Rain mosaic, Tactile Arts Gallery, Design by Marita Albers.

Collage (Clockwise from Top Left): Amanda Rains, Bush Chook Designs at 2022 Christmas Craft Fair; Throwing on the Wheel demonstration at 2022 Studios Open Day; Glass Platter Design by Andrea McKey; Small Ceramic Bowls by Helen Menzies; Joanna del Nido,
Trying to Contain Yourself, 2022, powder-coated aluminium; Printing Workshop.