Congratulations, Bong Ramilo

Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018

The Australia Council is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the prestigious Australia Council awards, which recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation.  

Nominated by industry peers, the eight recipients of the national awards demonstrate an extraordinary range of outstanding and sustained achievement across music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They join an impressive and diverse group of individuals who have received these awards in previous years.

The recipients will be honoured during a special ceremony at Carriageworks, Sydney on Tuesday. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said it was an opportunity to reflect on the important role artists play in capturing the nation’s imagination.

“These national awards are a critical way for the Australia Council to recognise the remarkable achievements of individual Australian artists, as well as highlighting the broader contribution of all our artists to enhancing the lives of Australians. The recipients of the 2018 awards are leaders in their respective fields. They have individually and collectively made highly significant contributions to the development of artistic practice and to challenging existing ways of exploring how we express identity and how we connect with one another. Almost all Australians engage with the arts multiple times on a daily basis. The Arts play a central role in wellbeing, in building more creative and cohesive communities, and are a complex and layered reflection of our nation. With that in mind it is essential that we celebrate and support the rich and diverse artistic talent we are fortunate to have,” he said.

The recipients of Australia Council Awards for 2018:     

Bruce Pascoe (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 

Liza Lim (NSW) - Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Pat Brassington (TAS) - Australia Council Visual Arts Award 

Nigel Helyer (NSW) - Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts 

Phillip Adams (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Dance 

Liz Jones AO (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Theatre 

Christian (Bong) Ramilo (NT) – Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

Edwin Kemp Attrill (SA) - Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

DCA Creative Coworking Space Community Consultation

DCA is planning to open a Creative Coworking Space in Coconut Grove. We would like to hear and discuss with community members what ideas you may have for the use and function of a coworking space dedicated to artistic endeavours.

A Community Consultation will be held 7 March, at 6pm in the Community Room of Hon. Lauren Moss electoral office, Casuarina Plaza, Trower Road, Casuarina. Parking available near Comics NT, or across the road at Casuarina Square.

To register your interest, participation or more information, please email using DCA Creative Coworking Space in the subject line.


Thank you

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.


Treasure Language Storytelling: Women's Stories from the Heart

Join us for an evening of beauty and inspiration with storytellers from Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Indigenous Australia who have made Darwin and Palmerston their home. Listen to the sounds and rhythms of the original languages, with translations into English. This show coincides with International Mother Language Day 2018. Women will share stories in some of the small languages that can be heard in Palmerston, Darwin, and Australia's Top End. What our audiences have said: beautiful, inspiring, moving, rich, spine-tingling, eye-opening, what a wonderful world!


Sunday, 25 February 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

November Community Dinner

The last Community Dinner for 2017 will be held Monday November 27 at the Chambers Crescent Theatre, Malak Shopping Centre. This month's theme coincides with the National Day of Listening. So, we encourage participants to share stories while enjoying the delicious food prepared by My Sisters' Kitchen and volunteers.

During the dinner and vociferous conversations, voice recorders will be roaming the room capturing some of the stories shared. We'll edit some of the audio, make a short clip and publish it on our Facebook page.

As discussed at the last community dinner, we encourage participants to eat as to heart desire, but there will be no take-aways. Instead we encourage everyone to decorate stickers which we will affix on take away containers that will be distributed in various camps in the neighbourhoods later in the evening.

We will also collect email addresses from participants who wish to be informed of developments in our 2018 programs and activities, who may not follow our website or Facebook page.

See you next Monday

Monday Music Jam

We would like to inform participants in our Monday nights Music Jam that the jams will be suspended on Monday 6 and 13 of November. The Jams will resume November 20, at 7:30pm as normal. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Vehicle Appeal

To our valued supporters,

We are looking for a vehicle for our expanding programs and operations. We are appealing to companies, organisations or individuals that may be willing to donate, or sell for a moderate sum, a utility, or a dual cab or a sedan, in good and reliable working conditions.

If you think you can assist, please ring nic 8945 7347; email

You can also assist by distributing this appeal through your networks.

Your continued support is highly appreciated.

The DCA Collective


Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLORk) at Lane Arts Space Launch

Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLOrk) will play at the launch of Koulla Roussos's "Lane Art Space" at the laneway between NT House and TIO Centre on Mitchell Street on Friday, 6:15 PM, 29 September 2017. The Lane Art Space is a Live Darwin project curated by Koulla Roussos, and featuring iconic works by Frank Gohier from his Red Hand print collection, and experimental video art by seven emerging local experimental video artists.


Friday, 29 September 2017 -
6:15pm to 7:15pm

CemeNTworx Presents Bedroom Farce

CemenNTworx Presents

Bedroom Farce

by Alan Ayckbourn

City of Darwin Creative Skills Register

The City of Darwin is putting together a Creative Skills Register to keep artists, creative professionals, and hobbyists up to date with opportunities. City of Darwin said: "We want to increase access to creative activities, paid opportunities and professional development programs as they become available in the municipality of Darwin for artists and creatives. So we are creating a register of artists, creative professionals and hobbyists." Visit to sign up.


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