Opera in Australia Insolvent and the Bailouts Raise Serious Questions

Media Release from Free the Arts, 25th October 2016

Opera companies in Australia are largely insolvent a report released today has found. Many of the opera companies in Australia are now running deficits and demanding taxpayer funded bail-outs. The government’s announcement of $23.1m in new funding over 4 years comes on top of the fact that the opera companies have been insulated from the $300million of cuts to arts funding inflicted Abbott/Turnbull Governments and has raised some big questions across the sector. 

Sightlines: An Exhibition of New Works by Artists from the Free Space Studio

Sightlines: An Exhibition of New Works by Artists from the Free Space Studio, exhibited 3 – 19 June @ Tactile Arts. The Free Space Studio is an inclusive and supportive visual arts studio project focused on the development of studio skills for people with disabilities. Since 2013 The Free Space studio has been housed at the Darwin Community Arts ChambersCrescent Theatre and in 2016 has also started running workshops at Project21, a project of the Downs Syndrome Association NT.

Open Letter to the 45th Parliament on Multiculturalism and the Arts

An Open Letter from Australian artists has calleed on the 45th Parliament to reaffirm its commitment to core values of Australia’s cultural life and reject racist legislation.

Spokesperson for the group and Executive Officer for Darwin Community Arts, Bong Ramilo, said: “The recent election to the Australian Parliament of politicians who campaigned on policies that present a direct threat to the multicultural fabric of our country is of deep concern to us. These policies include:

Mr. Takahashi - Auditions

Casting opportunities exist for both professional and non-professional women from all cultures but we particularly require and encourage Indigenous and Asian-Australian women/girls to apply. Playing roles start as young as 15 years old. See below for casting specifics.


Saturday, 10 September 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Inaugural Sanderson Alliance Art Award 2016: Picture a Positive Relationship

The Inaugural Sanderson Alliance Art Award 2016 is an initiative of the Sanderson Alliance, an alliance of schools and other organiations in the Sanderson area. The will be inaugural theme for 2016 is "Picture a Positive Relationship". For more information and to enter the competition, download, complete, and return the attached Entry Form. Closing date for entries is 26 August 2016.

Prize and Entry Categories

In any 2D Medium inc photography

DCA What We Do the Movie

Short film about what DCA does in Malak and beyond. 

Darwin Community Arts - What we do. from Fist Full of Films Festival NT on Vimeo.

DCA Creative Programs 2016

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Special Programs and Workshops

Check here for extra creative activities.

bubble blower


Malak Marketplace

Every Saturday from 4pm to 9pm

FREE SPACE STUDIO - 2016 Enrolments Open | Visual Art Workshops for Artists with Disability

Annie Moors, Self Portrait, 2014

Free Space Studio

Malak Art Studio Group, Semester 1, 2016

Visual Arts Studio Workshops for Artists with Disability

Computers for Seniors - Training My Computer

Training a computer in comfort.

Specially for Seniors who find their computers, phones or tablets hard to control, these workshops will show you how to turn computing into a usefull tool for doing everything from editing and storing photos to working with centrelink and banks.

Beats and Clips - Making Online Music at DCA

Beats and Clips wants budding songwriters, singers, musicians and filmmakers to get together with Danny and Dixi to make a demo track and a music clip to get yourself on line, to find your audience.  Also to help you learn the process if you want to do it yourself.  It’s free, just turn up on a Monday from 2pm – 6pm at Darwin Community Arts in Malak Shopping Centre.


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