Mason Gallery

Darwin CBD Art & Galleries

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Open Hours: 9am–5pm weekdays and 10am–3pm on weekends

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9am–5pm weekdays and 10am–3pm on weekends Since 1997, Australian Aboriginal art found at Mason Gallery in Darwin is collected primarily from the Northern Territory, Papunya, Kintore, Kiwirrkura, Utopia, Eastern desert areas, Arnhem Land and throughout the Top End.

In September 1982, Reg and Debra Mason and their family, went into Arnhem Land for work. Shortly after their arrival, the local Aboriginal population of the Oenpelli area approached Reg to buy their paintings. Reg did so for some time, but the quantity of work became so great that he found it necessary to market some of the collection – and the Arnhem Land Art Gallery was born. Over the next few years, Reg became the largest dealer of work from the Western Arnhem Land area, and the family lived in the region for 20 years. His children grew up with the local community, and the family were widely recognised as being culturally acceptable by the local clans.

Major galleries around the country were supplied with artworks, and many of the pieces that now hang in the Museums and Public Art Galleries around Australia and internationally had their origins with Arnhem Land Art.

In 1997, the Arnhem Land Art Gallery was opened in Darwin by Vicki Mason, Reg and Debra’s daughter, to provide a retail outlet for the major works coming out of Arnhem Land. While the gallery was successful, many people also wanted to purchase works from the Central regions of Australia, and the name of the gallery was changed to Mason Gallery. Reg and Debra’s son, Tony, moved to Alice Springs in 2001, where he now sources the works from Central Australia.

The Mason Gallery displays works by many of the major artists from the Western Desert, Utopia Eastern Desert, Arnhem Land and the Top End. It is the ambition of the gallery to become a provider of quality works from these regions.

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Shop 7/21 Cavenagh St, Darwin, NT

Phone 8 8981 9622
Mobile 0407611020
Fax 0889417699

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‘Stumbled across the Mason Gallery yesterday while exploring Darwin and purchased a couple of beautiful paintings. The paintings are no doubt stunning, but the time, care and passion that the staff spent explaining the stories associated with each piece, the techniques used and the artists’ history was what we were so impressed by! Highly recommend!’ — Facebook review

‘Very large selection of paintings … the employees are awesome, and take the time to explain the history and culture of the artists, as well as the meaning of their work. Definitely will never see an Aboriginal painting the same way again!’ — Google review

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