How did Mbantua Gallery come to be? A question asked by many!
Mbantua Gallery in fact is a derivative of Mbantua Store.
Mbantua Store was first set up in the 1950’s by Finke River Mission at 55 Gap Road, here in Alice Springs. The store was a general store that sold groceries, hardware, clothing and also had a small aboriginal art section. It was run by the Mission for many, many years and was affectionately known as “Mission Block”. Somewhere around 1982 the Mission decided to sell the business (not the real estate) and the then store manager bought it. Then in 1986, while chatting with the owner, I asked him if he would be interested in selling it. He said he had had enough after 13 years in total of running it so on July 13th 1986 I was officially the new owner – and what a roller coaster ride I have had ever since!
Mbantua Gallery first opened its doors at 303 Unley Road in Adelaide and then on the 1st of June 1990 we opened our doors in Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs.
Lots and lots has happened since and now our presence is at 64 Todd Mall Alice Springs, right next to a great coffee and ice cream shop, Uncle Edy’s!
We’re also situated at Shop 2/30 The Mall in Darwin and we have every intention to be around for a long time to come.
Have a great day and God Bless.