Darwin Community Arts will seek to realise our vision for the coming years through projects -- opportunities for making and sharing art -- that we will build in partnership with our communities. We will have key, major projects that will best help achieve our vision. These key projects will involve a consolidation of existing efforts as well as new initiatives, gathered in more cohesive and articulated frameworks.

We will also continue to run existing projects which we expect will contribute immediately to our vision, and which will grow and develop over the years to further help achieve our long-term vision. We imagine that some projects will end in the coming years, and new ones will emerge according to changing conditions under which we work.


ART & ACTIVISM workshops. FREE!
Starting Saturday 19 May for 4 weeks. 
Workshops cover street art/stickers/posters to online activism to exhibition ready collages.

Arts Access Darwin

Arts Access Darwin (AAD) provides arts-based workshops, professional development opportunities and events inclusive of people with disability. AAD partners with disability service providers and arts organisations to increase access to and participation in the arts for people with disability through out the NT. AAD is a member of Arts Access Australia. AAD will work with partners in the disability sector and with Frontline Media to develop assistive technologies, particularly digital tools that enhance artistic production by people with disabilities.

Asia in Darwin

Asia in Darwin is a DCA project funded by Festivals NT, through Arts NT, that aims to build relations between community-based cultural and artistic practitioners and organisations in order to enhance the basic people-to-people foundation of links between Asia and Darwin.

Priority countries for strategic partnerships could be Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Japan, based on existing links, and based on needs to develop links further (to serve the Northern Territory's cultural, social, and economic interests).

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.


CemeNTworx is a community theatre program that offers workshops, productions, and other theatre activities for all ages and communities. Its activities include: CemeNTmix (multicultural youth drama club), CemeNTjam (adult theatre jam group), CemeNTstars (theatre group of people with disabilities), CemeNTfiz (physical theatre) and Emotional Health Drama Workshops for schools and communities in remote areas. CemeNTworx also explores sound, voice, movement, dance, and multimedia practice towards an integrated multi-arts approach to community theatre.

Darwin Fridge Festival

Decorated fridges at the Darwin waterfront.

Unfortunately the Fridge festival has been unable to secure funding for 2015. Hopefully this unique Darwin event will re-emerge in future years.

Darwin Regional Arts Mesh (DRAM)

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Darwin Community Arts (DCA) will initiate and spearhead the building of the Darwin Regional Arts Mesh (DRAM), a mesh that will facilitate decentralised, distributed, and mobile opportunities for making and sharing art across the Darwin Region.

Free Space Studio 2016 Enrolments Open

Annie Moors, Self Portrait, 2014

Free Space Studio, Malak Art Studio Group, Semester 1, 2016

Visual Arts Studio Workshops for Artists with Disability

In 2016 the Free Space Studio will be offering 2  sessions per week. Art Studio Session Times in 2016 are:

Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon &  Thursdays 10am - 12 noon

Art classes at Malak will re-commence on Wednesday January 27th 2016 - and will follow the NT Government Schools Calendar.  Please see the attached NT schools calendar, this will tell you all the term start & end dates, holidays and public holidays etc.


Frontline explores the relationship of people and places using new media. This project builds on previous and ongoing work by DCA with Indigenous, African, and other communities in Malak and the Northern Suburbs of Darwin. It has developed several digital tools, such as Tagtool and webcam piano, for community use; over the last three years, these tools have been adapted by various community groups in Darwin and beyond.

Malak Community Arts and Media Centre (MCAMC)

DCA will consolidate and expand its existing presence at Malak Shopping Centre into the Malak Community Arts and Media Centre, which will serve communities in Malak and the Northern Suburbs immediately, and the rest of Darwin Region. The MCAMC will be a node in the DRAM, and will inform plans for establishing similar centres in Darwin City, Palmerston City, and Litchfield Shire.

MCAMC will include these existing facilities that will be upgraded in the coming years: