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Public art enhances our natural and built environments, it builds upon our cultural heritage, diversity, sense of identity and provides opportunities for our artists to contribute to the development of the city’s creativity and vibrancy.

Our strategic approach to the commissioning and delivery of contemporary public art recognises the need to build local capacity and skills, provide opportunities for local artists, foster diversity in content and support a model that encourages community conversations around the role of art in the public realm.

Introducing CITYLIFE Platform

Darwin is lighting up the city with its pilot program CITYLIFE Platform.
This artistic program is being trialled over three years with the intention of transforming selected outdoor public spaces into outdoor galleries. CITYLIFE Platform showcases local artists, encourages community dialogue around topical themes and activates our public spaces through the installation of an alternating aesthetic element.

Eight purpose built lightboxes will host temporary exhibitions that will change every  six months.

The lightboxes are located in three sites across Darwin:

  • The Mall in the city centre hosts two double-sided lightboxes at each end
  • Chinatown car park hosts three single-sided lightboxes
  • Nightcliff Pool will host three single-sided lightboxes

Climate Change

The current exhibition installed within the Citylife Platform has been curated by Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA), featuring selected works from their first members exhibition of 2020, Climate
DVAA is an artist-run space committed to the advancement of contemporary art that is relevant in the local, national and international context. Its goals are focused on effectively supporting the development of Territory artists through creating comprehensive hands-on opportunities, particularly in terms of curatorial refinement and professional presentation.
DVAA artists have responded to this theme through a mixture of painting, mixed media, ink on paper, printmaking, recycled sculpture and digital print. The featured artists include Alicia Scobie, Anne-marie Cullinan, Alison Worsnop, Fernanda Dupal, David Dalzell, Ella Barrett and Kate Bussey. 

Interim DVAA manager Britt Guy provides the following curatorial rationale: “Climate Change is on the tip of everyone’s tongue from politicians, farmers to climate scientists and young people. Opinions differ but everyone has one. The City of Darwin has declared a climate emergency, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the community to reflect on social, political and environmental elements of this international phenomena.”

Unfortunately the opening event for City Life Platform could not proceed in line with COVID regulations regarding public gatherings, so please take the time to view the works and read the artist statements next time you find yourself passing any of the three Citylife Platform locations.  

Many thanks to Shauna Upton (DVAA Manager), the crew from Sign City Darwin and all participating artists.

Exhibition dates: Friday  3 April to Friday 4 September  2020

Exhibition sites: 10 lightboxes located across Nightcliff Pool, Chinatown carpark and The Mall.

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