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Arts & Culture Opportunities

This page lists current arts and cultural opportunities for creatives in the City of Darwin. We also promote opportunities in Off the Leash magazine:


Commission for Solo Artists or Creative Teams

Neighbour Day Temporary Outdoor Gallery Commission

City of Darwin is inviting any and all local artists - established or emerging - to be involved in a temporary public art commission in celebration of Neighbour Day 2019. The artwork will need to relate to the 2019 Neighbour Day theme: Loneliness – What Neighbours Can Do to Create Connection. There are 4 temporary solar light towers installed in the Mall that City of Darwin’s Infrastructure Maintenance team are offering as the walls of a temporary outdoor gallery space.  The commission is to paint ready made panels provided by Council off-site for City of Darwin to install on all 4 sides of each light tower (please see pdf attachment).

The commission is:

  • Acquisitive (Infrastructure Maintenance will keep the works to display in Council after the exhibition date).
  • For artwork for each light a flat artist fee of $2400 ex GST (inclusive of materials) will be paid.
  • The commission is for an artist or group to apply for a whole light per application (4 opportunities in total).
  • Works will be completed off-site and installed by City of Darwin from 23rd April.


Please submit

  • Application Form
  • Web ready JPEGS of final artworks
  • Please email your completed application form and web ready JPEGS (as examples of your work) to to by Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Submissions Due 27th March 2019
Artists Selected and Announced 29th March 2019
Panels for Pick Up/Delivery 1st to 5th April 2019
Installation of Artwork 23rd April 2019

Art and Adaptation 

CITYLIFE platform
Illuminated light boxes
Submission Deadline is COB 24th April 2019
Exhibition period June- September

Curated by Fernanda Dupal

Opportunity for up to ten artists to have your artworks lighting up Darwin!

Artists are invited to create visual responses to the overarching theme of Art and Adaptation to celebrate the diversity, strength and adaptability of the city and the people who make up the community of Darwin.

Visual responses could focus on but are not limited to any specific significant event, design, change agent, or example of adaptation that is local to Darwin and has been formative or is part of our culture and lifestyle.

Artworks must be portrait orientation and submitted as a digital file with dimensions of 1300x1850@ 150 DPI. For further details see submission information and curatorial statement below.

Artists are invited to submit up to three artworks and an application form (to access the application form click on the 'Apply Now' link below). Successful artists will receive an artist fee of $375 per artwork. At the culmination of the exhibition, successful artists will be given back their printed artwork skins.

Image credit: Fernanda Dupal, Cycad, detail, 2016

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Art and Adaptation - Curated by Fernanda Dupal

Curatorial Statement 

Darwin city is constantly evolving and adapting to both the needs of the community and in response to environmental forces. There have been many points in history that have seen monumental change for Darwin. Art and Adaptation invokes the practise of the artist whilst also referring to the words of Charles Darwin ‘it is not the strongest that survives; but the one that is able to adapt to and adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself’. People who live in Darwin must quickly adapt in response to the strength of the tropical seasons. Our distance from other major cities. Our lifestyle and housing has been adapted and designed to work in harmony with this. The project aims to celebrate the diversity, strength and adaptability of our environment, the city and the people who make up the community and fabric of Darwin.

Lightboxes Concept 

Darwin based artists are invited to create and submit up to three original art works for selection to be featured in the City of Darwin light boxes, positioned at key sites around the city (Smith St Mall, China Town Car Park, Nightcliff Pool).

Selection Criteria 

The original art works must incorporate, interpret, or respond to the concept of Art and Adaptation. Contributing artists could develop works that explore a specific example of adaptation, respond to a key event or process, or visually conceptualise adaptation at a social, cultural or environmental level.

Artist Fee 

All production and installation expenses are covered by Council. The artist receives a commissioning fee for each work of $375. At the culmination of the exhibition, successful artists will be given back their printed artwork skins.


While copyright rests with the artists, artists submitting works are required to agree that the image may be reproduced by members of the public, the City of Darwin, and the Curator, and that images may be used in reports, media and social media marketing and promotion, and in any future publications by the curator including research papers, articles, social media and blogs.

Artwork Specifications 

It is the artist’s responsibility to provide the artworks to the correct specification. Artworks must be supplied as a digital file. Please ensure that your digital files are of the highest possible quality and meets constraints.

File Specification 

Portrait orientation 1300mm X 1850mm - 150 DPI

Tips for Digitasing Artworks 

Use a DSLR camera and shoot with RAW or largest file size without flash. Ensure that light is even and that the camera is parallel to the artwork. Alternatively use a flatbed scanner. Use post production software to crop to the correct proportions and to ensure balance, contrast, colour and sharpness is satisfactory.

City Life Platform Artworks    

The final selection will be chosen by Fernanda Dupal and City of Darwin in accordance with the criteria as stated in this document.

Application Form and Final Artwork Due Date                      

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Notification of Winning Entries 

Friday 3rd May 2019

Exhibition Opening 

Friday 7th June 2019 at 6pm, Venue TBA, Exhibition period June-September

Submission Process  

Please upload final artwork files to: and email to application and small jpegs of images to

More Information

For more information on current opportunities contact the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator

08 8930 0674

0438 677 506

Page header image: West Lane Mural byDavid Collins, Daniel Roque Lee (Gullawan), Walter Barrett and Donovan Fantasia 2007

Last modified 
20 Mar 2019

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