Artlands Dubbo 2016

NT Delegates to Artlands Dubbo 2016

Darwin Community Arts was represented at Artlands Dubbo 2016 by Bong Ramilo and Jim McDougall. Artlands 2016 was the Regional Arts Australia National Conference and Festival, held at Dubbo, 26-30 October 2016.

Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLOrk) formed

The Darwin Laptop Orchestra (DLOrk) was formed on 5 October 2016, with Dick Whittington, Danny Pattiselanno, and Bong Ramilo as first members, at Malak Studio. DLOrk is a Frontline project that was in the pipeline for a long time.

Arts Access Darwin Publication Released

The Creative Toolkit

 Arts Access Darwin Publication: The Creative Toolkit: An Information Toolkit to Support the Teaching & Facilitation of Visual Arts Studio Practice for People with Disability


Disability Awareness Festival 2016 | ART EXHIBITION OPENING @ Lucky Bat Cafe


You are warmly invited to the opening of the Disability Awarenss Festival Art Exhibition opening at LUCKY BAT CAFE 6:30 PM FRIDAY 26 AUGUST. This exibition is part of the 2016 The Disability Awareness Festival (DAF), which is an annual event celebrating the diverse contributions of people with disabilities. This year the DAF Visual Arts Program showcases artworks by artists from Day to Day Living (a mental health support service) and artists from the Free Space Studio (a visual art studio for artists with disability)

Community Dinner July 25

Community Dinners began modestly many years ago and have become a much anticipated fixture in the Darwin calendar.

Community Dinner Musicians

Don't miss this chance to meet and mix with your neighbours while enjoying entertainment by local artists and food fit for a feast.

Bring your own non-disposable plate, cup and cutlery to earn a place at the front of the queue for the food. Dinner begins at 6pm and the entertainment continues until the chairs are  packed away and the vucuuming is finished.

See you at the DCA Theatre, Chambers Crescent Malak on the 25th @ 6pm.







Pandanus Palm Weaving Workshop with Beswick Artists

From left: Julie Ashley, Fiona Gavino, Dixi Joy Bankier; Rita Cameron.

One workshop only. Don't miss this exciting workshop with artists from Beswick, Katherine Region: Rita Cameron, Julie Ashley, and Fiona Gavino. Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, Darwin Community Arts, Malak. The artists are at DCA on a residency, a joint project of Katherine Regional Arts and Darwin Community Arts. While in Darwin, from 4th to 8th July, the artists will work with Our Common Threads and other projects of Darwin Community Arts.

Our Common Threads - OCT

Free sewing classes every Wednesday 10am - 1pm

Every Wednesday 10m - 1pm women get together and sew.

Dixi and Becky are there to help make just about anything.

Free class, with sewing machines, overlockers, fabric and all sewing needs supplied. 




Revealing Women

Shel O’Toole and CemeNTworx Community Theatre are seeking interest in their new collaborative project which they aim to present during next year’s Darwin Fringe Festival. Revealing Women is an exploration of intimacy and sexuality from a woman’s perspective.



The next  Information session will be an informal gathering over coffee /tea at the Groove Cafe Nightcliff Shopping Centre (where the markets are held) on Tuesday October 27th at 10.30am.   If you work, tell your boss you are having some mental health time by being involved in an arts for health project.  Look for Shel who won't be holding a banjo but who will have some big paper and textas for people to play with.



Please be assured these introduction sessions are conversations where we laugh, we speak, we listen, we share. All we ask is that you join in the conversation. There is plenty of time afterwards to decide if you want to remain involved over the life of the project, whether that be in the development or the actual production. One thing Brenda Logan and I trust is women's wisdom, so the actual design of the production will emerge throughout the project along with the stories that need to be told.  Our first meeting concluded by the group acknowledging that women's experiences are influenced by a range of factors including family, culture, class and knowing we really want to have a diverse group of women involved.
Please call Shel on 0429 199 825 if you require more information

Malak Studio

The Malak Studio is a multi-purpose room available for hire by individuals and community groups.

DCA Studio

Become a DCA member and hire the Studio for $15 per hour or the larger Theatre for just $25 per hour.

Membership annual costs: $5 for individual, $10 family and $20 corporate.

NTeen Sewing workshops

As part of NTeen Fashion Week 2015, Our Common Threads ran workshops for teenagers to create fabulous outfits for the runway.


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