Artist-run contemporary art gallery

Get Involved

Watch This Space members have a direct influence over what happens to the space.

Watch This Space loves new members… For a small yearly cost, you will receive discounts at several local businesses, discounted drinks at our opening night functions, and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting your local artist-run initiative.

Image: Milly Cobb & Pops Bagnall, Travelling Studio Artists in Residence, who completed a 3 month residency in 2013.


Watch This Space is an artist-run initiative and members have a direct influence over what happens to the space. We also rely on your membership fees to keep on going!

For a small yearly cost, WTS Members receive:

  • Invitations to all WTS openings for the year
  • Information on all our community programs and events including artist talks, forums, screenings, concerts and information sessions.
  • A subscription to our e-newsletter updating you on what’s on at the space, as well as opportunities for artists, arts and cultural workers and the Central Australian community
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting
  • Pre-ticket sales to all our wild events and exciting opportunities
  • Discounts at Chapman & Bailey Art Supplies in Alice Springs
  • Discounted drinks at all our events
  • The warm fuzzy feeling that comes with supporting your local artist-run-initiative!

Annual Membership Fee $35

Join Now

Download the Membership Form. Complete form and return with payment to:

  1. Old school: Post to Watch This Space, PO Box 8405, Alice Springs NT 0871 with a cheque or money order.
  2. New wave: Email and send your payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Our bank details are on the form.
  3. Cash in hand: Drop in to the gallery during office hours Tue-Fri 11-5pm (or on exhibition opening nights) with your completed form and hard cash.

E-News membership

If you would like to sign up for free to receive our e-newsletter, click here.

Exhibitor Proposals

Call Outs for our 2018 Creative Program are now OPEN!

Applications due by Sunday 19th November, midnight

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Watch This Space strongly encourages applications from Northern Territory artists

Watch This Space welcomes proposals from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individual artists, groups of artists, curators and community organisations. We offer 3-week exhibition slots with subsidised hire fees in a unique environment: the Centre of Australia, Mparntwe/Alice Springs.

We are currently coordinating our program for March-August of 2018. Please see our Exhibition Proposal Guidelines for more details about the program and how to apply.

Download our Proposal Guidelines here:

If unable to download, please email us at for a copy

Designated exhibition spot for artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage

In 2018, one of WTS’s seven exhibition spots is designated to a contemporary experimental artist of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. This is part of our commitment to nurture an inclusive arts community in Central Australia in a sustainable manner. This initiative is a great opportunity to exhibit in a unique space, and seeks to value, respect and promote the practices of Indigenous Australians. We are excited and hope it will encourage artists of Indigenous backgrounds to be part of our program and organisation.

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Travelling Artist Residencies

Applications for our 2018 Travelling Artist in Residency Program are now CLOSED

Amongst our gallery and six studio spaces, Watch This Space reserves one studio for artists living ‘out of town’ – interstate, overseas or outside the NT’s Central Desert region.

Program offers:

  • 3.8 x 3.5m studio with desk and chair
  • Creative, practical and professional support from our Coordinator
  • The opportunity to work in a creative environment amongst five other studio artists as well as local and interstate exhibiting artists
  • Use of WTS tools and equipment (prior arrangement ideal)
  • Communal kitchen with fridge, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities.
  • Possibility of a pop-up exhibition at the end of the residency (if WTS Exhibition Program permits)

Cost: $250

Residency Period: one month

Watch this Space is a 10 minute walk from the town centre, shops and supermarket.
Please note accommodation and assistance with travel costs are not included, however, we can provide a list of places to stay nearby to suit a range of budgets.

To apply:
Please submit the following to

  • Cover letter explaining why you would like to do a residency in Alice Springs and what kind of project you will undertake
  • Your preferred dates/month
  • Five (5) images of recent work
  • Artist CV

Sign up to our e-newsletter to receive updates on our Call Outs for Exhibition and Residency Proposals.

Image: Milly Cobb & Pops Bagnall, Travelling Studio Artists in Residence, who completed a 3 month residency in 2013.

Artist Studios

All studios are currently full but you are welcome to contact us about an Expression Of Interest at any time.

As part of our support to artists, Watch This Space houses six studio spaces for local and visiting artists.

  • 4 x Regular Studios, roughly 3.5 x 3.5m each (priority given to local artists)
  • 1 x Travelling Artist In Residence Studio, 3.8 x 3.6m
  • 1 x Sound Studio, 3.1 x 6m

Our studio spaces are leased to artists at $38-100 per week.
All studios are inclusive of power, wireless internet and 24hr access.
The studios are conditional upon a standard contract.

If you are interested in renting an Artist Studio please contact us via phone 08 8952 1949 or email

Employment Vacancies

There are currently no positions available.

JBirds Outdoor Venue

JBird is WTS’s outdoor venue open to the community for hire

For details about renting JBird’s Place please download our Venue Hire Agreement PDF Version / Word doc
Any further enquiries please contact us via email or phone

Rental of JBird’s Place begins at:
Community Event – $100
Business Event – $200

More details and images of JBird’s Place