On the Move

After 10 years in Malak, Darwin Community Arts is on the move. In line with our strategic plans and vision, we are continuing to distribute and decentralise our work throughout the Darwin Region.

In March 2018, we will relocate the main office and some creative spaces now in Malak to Coconut Grove. We are currently conducting workshops and activities at the Palmerston Library, Durack Community Centre, and we are assessing further opportunities in the rural areas.

DCA moved to Malak following the reinvention of Brown’s Mart Community Arts in 2007 with the intention of being embedded in the communities we work with. The move to Malak proved successful, conducting many community activities involving a broad range of participants and interests.

The 10 years in Malak saw the establishment of the Telecentro, a community Internet Café’, a theatre for local productions and community use, Youth Blast (a program specifically designed for young people at risk), the Mobile Café’, the Community Garden, the Monthly Gatherings, which were the precursors to the Community Dinners and the award winning My Sisters Kitchen and the Malak Markeplace, CemeNTworx community theatre, the Darwin Fridge Festival, the Community Shed, Asia in Darwin, Arts Access Darwin arts workshops, Frontline digital media projects, among others.

In this time we also established a great network of partners and collaborators including the Multicultural Council of the NT, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia, City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, Sanderson Middle School, Manunda Terrace Primary School, Palmerston Senior College, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Brown’s Mart Arts, and others.

Our move to Coconut Grove will not mark the end of our commitment in Malak. We are currently negotiating new terms and conditions to retain the Chambers Crescent Theatre as a community space, controlled and managed by community groups, which we intend to be part of.

We are excited about the next chapter of the DCA story. The main office will be located in Travers Street, Coconut Grove. The large space will accommodate the administration, Art Access Darwin, and CemeNTworx programs, some of the arts and crafts groups and a music studio.

We are also in the planning stages of the establishment of a Creative Coworking Space social enterprise. The next step for this project will be a series of community consultations to map out community needs and assets – stay tuned.

All going to plans, we should be in Coconut Grove by 15 March. We will update regularly on our online platforms.

We apologise for any inconveniences this transition period may cause and thank you for your continued support.