Readback Book Exchange and Aboriginal Art Gallery
A hidden treasure on the Smith Street mall, this book exchange and Aboriginal art gallery is an unlikely find.
The gallery specialises in affordable, good-quality fine art on canvas from all over the Northern Territory: Central Desert, Western Desert, Alice Springs, Arnhem Land and the Darwin region, with most works supplied by Darwin-based artists: the Numina sisters, Barbara Price, Eddie Blitner, Les Huddleston and Miriam Ashley, to name a few. The gallery is a work space and hub for artists, who are frequent visitors. Upstairs, canvasses in an enormous range of sizes and prices are spread along the walls and across the floor for ease of perusal. (All come with a certificate of authentication with details about the artist and piece.) Downstairs, canvasses line the walls of the book shop and exchange, which holds an eclectic and useful mix of pre-loved books and maps. The staff here are super-friendly, frequently going above and beyond to help with art and book queries.