Iterations and history of Raft

Over its decade and half history RAFT has presented over two hundred exhibitions and been a vessel on the move; with a number of iterations, location changes and temporary manifestations indicated directionally.



RAFT commenced in 2001 in Darwin, first in Frances Bay, then in Parap from 2002. In 2003 a second gallery Raft II opened. Both were located in the Parap arts precinct close to the famous Saturday morning market and 24Hr Art, the NT Centre for Contemporary art and Nomad Art. Outstation Gallery now occupies the original Raft site. 


RAFT travelled to Redfern, Sydney, exhibiting at Grant Pirrie Gallery over the summer of 2003 & 2005, and to the Melbourne Art Fair in 2004, 2008 and 2010; also exhibiting in the Melbourne CBD at Silvershot Gallery in 2006 and 2007.   


RAFT relocated to its current premises at Hele Cres, Alice Springs in 2010. Soon after, framers and art suppliers Chapman & Bailey opened a Centralian branch next door, cementing the Hele arts precinct.


RAFT expanded to Hobart with a short term visit to coincide with the Monafoma festival in the summer of 2015-2016, and since March 2016 RAFT SOUTH has had a permanent presence in the Core Collective Architects' studio space above Franklin Restaurant, in the heart of Hobart's burgeoning inner-city cultural hub.