Contemporary Art from Remote Australia
Darwin, NT — Since 2008

About Outstation

Contemporary Art from Remote Australia

Outstation Gallery is one of Darwin’s leading contemporary art galleries, working directly with Aboriginal art centres in the presentation and promotion of art from the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land, the Western Desert, the Kimberley, and Central and South Australia.

Established in 2008, Outstation has a well-earned reputation for excellence, in art and in its strong, fair dealing with artists, their art centres and communities. It is a long-standing member and signatory to the Indigenous Art Code.

In partnership with art centres, Outstation promotes work from established and emerging artists. Artworks range from bark paintings and hollow logs, to fibre art and acrylic paintings.
Outstation has facilitated the acquisition of Aboriginal art by many public collecting institutions, including:

  • – The National Gallery of Australia
  • – The National Museum of Australia
  • – The Art Gallery of South Australia
  • – The Queensland Art Gallery
  • – Artbank
  • – The British Museum
  • – The Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht

Outstation is also proud to exhibit contemporary art from non-Indigenous artists who currently reside in, or have a connection to the Darwin region. In recent years, the gallery has shown work by Steve Gough, Pennyrose Wiggins, Winsome Jobling, David Wickens and Hannah van der Wal.

We acknowledge the Larrakia people as the traditional owners of the land on which our gallery stands, and respectfully recognise Elders past, present, and emerging.


Indigenous Art Code


Founded by Darwin-based gallerists, Matt Ward and Paul Johnstone, Salon Art Projects specialises in ethically sourced, superior quality paintings, works on paper, textiles and 3D works sourced from Aboriginal-owned art centres throughout Australia.

Both galleries, Outstation Gallery and Paul Johnstone Gallery, are members of the Indigenous Art Code.

Salon Art Projects grew from a successful collaboration between Matt Ward and Paul Johnstone to jointly host the Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of works submitted, but not selected, for the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).

Together, along with exhibition partners, the pair has successfully presented Salon des Refusés every year since 2013, and it has become a hotly anticipated event in the national art calendar.

Salon Art Projects works across Australia and the United States. Its list of services has diversified into events, exhibitions and consultation.

Matt Ward


Matt Ward

Matt Ward is the Director of Outstation. He established the gallery in 2008 after many years experience in the Aboriginal art industry, working for and in conjunction with Aboriginal communities, their art centres and Aboriginal arts peak bodies. He is passionate about supporting Aboriginal-owned art centres in the important role they serve within their communities, and helping to achieve national and international recognition for their artists.