Transforming Public Spaces Challenge is an ideas contest open to anyone in the Darwin region with an idea for creating, improving or activating our city's public spaces. Activate Darwin is looking for the best ideas to make our city more walkable, greener or activated. No idea is too small or too big, but all ideas must be in Darwin city (between the Waterfront and Cullen Bay, bounded by McMinn Street and The Esplanade).
The Activate Darwin Advisory Board has shortlisted the projects that best meet the objectives and they are currently open to the public to vote for their favourite ideas.
Voting is open and closes on 25 November 2019.
How to vote
Click on the ‘Vote for this’ button to vote for the ideas you like.
You will need to select a minimum of 3 with a maximum of 10 ideas.
Once you are happy with your selection click on the ‘Submit your votes” button.
Create a locally curated and composed series of sound installations with the intention to draw attention to underutilised or unnoticed spaces that people walk past every day.
Let's Roam Darwin Scavenger Hunt
Create a Darwin City Scavenger Hunt usable on personal phones/tablet devices.
Greenwalls - Creating a Greener Darwin City
Vertical greenery transforms unappealing spaces by bringing natural amenity into the city environment. A growing body of evidence supports that communities are healthier when there is greenery and connection to nature.
Picnic in the Park Series 2020
Create a Picnic in the Park Series 2020. First event to be held at Bicentennial Park on the Esplanade and a second event to be held at Frog Hollow Park.
Roaming Coat of Arms Kangas
Create a series of large kangaroo sculptures (Kangaroos are on our coat of arms for the NT) that will be painted brightly to themes, fishing, waterfalls, sunsets, and storms.
CBD Living - bringing some of the natural and domestic experiences of living in Darwin into the CBD
An installation that references our relationship with nature and water.
PARK(ing) Day is an international initiative entering its 14th year. It allows people to turn carparks into temporary parks for a day.
An engaging and vibrant Larrakia welcome delivered through public art on the Darwin Waterfront Corporation seawall
Artback NT would like to work with Larrakia Nation and Darwin Waterfront Corporation (DWC) to facilitate the creation of a culturally appropriate and welcoming visual panorama on the DWC seawall walkway.
Christmas "In the Bay"
Bring Paspaley Park to life this Christmas with large 3D Christmas decorations with LED Lighting.
Create an art installation / design between all the laneways and pathways that join the arcades and the mall together bringing a sense of unity as well as creating a more modern brighter look.
Connecting and growing green spaces with stories
Take people in the city on a journey of plant appreciation and local stories, with a focus on native edibles and useful plant (but not exclusively native plants).
Design, create and install solid concrete pillars with steel rectangular frame work so they create green growing pillars placed down the centre of the median strip as you enter the city on Daly Street.
Custom build a metal house shape structure that holds individual terracotta pots, built at the entrance of the mall.
Install coloured potted plants onto the side of plain buildings en masse using potted colour or colourful varieties such as Bougainvillea.
Install growing air plants onto the already existing wire structures at various buildings in Darwin City.
Orchid Roof Installation
Suspend a mass of flowering purple Vanda orchid plants with roots and grandfathered beard to the current Smith Street Mall structures to create more colours in the area and a greener city.
Health & Wellbeing 'Market Style' event in Cullen Bay
Health & Wellbeing Proposal for a 'Market Style' event in Cullen Bay - on a monthly basis.
Swim-in Movie theatre
A cinema / projector screen setup at the wave pool for people to watch movies or other entertainment!
Darwin Gaming and Esports Hub!
We would like to be in a position to have a semi- permanent location and equipment to run esports / gaming activities with a solid focus on engaging and revitalising the youth in Darwin.
The Circle of Culture
Create a location for the expression of Indigenous culture through dance, song lines, storytelling and outdoor marketplace for Indigenous people to market their products.
Darwin City Geotrail
Improved interactive signage (with potential AR) for residents, visitors and tourists coming to the city and interested in "walking tours" around the town.
Public art and urban furniture
My proposal is to create a large scale public artwork installation that celebrates the lushness of life in Darwin
Activating in-between spaces
Develop a portable, modular structure and moveable seating that is assembled around Darwin at different events and sites with the intention of activating the space.
Provide professionally designed public seating that references and celebrates pre-colonial cross-cultural relationships, through celebrating the entrepreneurs who traded trepang.
Trading House Corridor
Provide a pilot of a modular shaded walkway for potential expansion.
We want to bring stories of people of the Territory into the public realm. We propose to activate phone booths across the CBD with the ability to listen to existing stories and also record your own.
To present a performance program of live music in the green spaces of the CBD
Create vibrant, positive spaces within the CBD, inspiring workers and visitors to utilise Darwin’s beautiful outdoor areas more frequently
Darwin sign, lights installation and Swing
I want to create a Darwin sign/swing that coincides with other light installations including this one in smith street mall.
Large Screens in the shape of the letters DRW as an animated attraction
We would like to install large screens in the shape of DRW in the same fashion that the Australian Open did this year.
Pop Up Dance Theatre Interactive Show
Local choreographer and dance practitioner Kristy Jayne Love will team up with videographer Synta Routh to highlight Darwin and all its intricate complexities through dance and projection.
Create a series of 3D Pavement Street Art with local themes: Darwin History, Aboriginal Culture & Natural Attractions.
Flowrider Surf Machine
Create a Flowrider Surf Machine for residents and tourists alike to enjoy surf.
Street Party - Skatable area
I would like to propose a street party that includes a skatable area and live painting. It would be exciting to see an event that invites existing communities to celebrate their lifestyles whilst engaging with people you don't usually engage with.
Creative & Cultural Experiences @ Breezeway 93 / Esplanade
We want to design a series of (up to 10) pop up cultural & creative workshops at Breezeway 93 / Darwin Esplanade area to activate the Darwin City space - bringing more visitors, promoting a positive image of top end Indigenous culture and creating opportunity for genuine two way learning experiences.
Creative interactive designs
Design and install creative and visually appealing interactive displays around the city, creating fun experiences for locals and visitors.
Mobile sport carnival
Set up our mobile sport court in a mini carnival type setting around Darwin.
Cooee Tree 'Heart of Darwin'
Celebrate the heart of Darwin, Learning how to read, new words in new language, new understandings, celebrating cultural diversity, maintain respectful relationships, time well spent in relaxed environment.
Design, create and install custom made resin pillars featuring assorted native and tropical floral.
Create giant, assorted sized hot pink, bright orange and neon yellow termite mounds built between the existing frangipani trees on fake green turf.
Project moving images, artwork.
Install giant freestanding mirrored letters to reflect the image of the ocean and the sunset on the Cullen Bay Foreshore lawn
Tropical Summer Markets
Create a temporary wet season market place at the Esplanade near the new playground (that has no amenities) using small containers as market stalls that can be hired individually.
Voting is now closed.