What you want to do in the public space and why?

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. We plan to engage Darwin based artists to deliver a Larrakia-themed mural artwork for the site. A key point of differentiation for Darwin is its cultural diversity. While this is embraced in many aspects of Darwin life – food, fashion and festivals – we feel the presence and significance of Larrakia culture and heritage is underdeveloped. The seawall walkway is the first point of engagement with our city for a large portion of visitors -between October 2018 and September 2019 approximately 53,000 visitors arrived at this point of entry. It is here that visitors can first be introduced to the Northern Territory’s unique cultural heritage. A Larrakia-themed mural on the seawall would provide a visually appealing introduction for visitors to engage with Larrakia culture and heritage. It will be an iconic first impression. Beautifying this space will also create a welcoming and enjoyable environment for local residents who access this space on a daily basis.

How you will make this project happen?

In close consultation with Larrakia Nation, the project will be carried out in four stages: 1.) Call out for artists 2.) Design shortlist 3.) Artist mentoring and design development 4.) Project delivery The DWC site has significant cultural meaning for the Larrakia people and, in particular, Larrakia women. Artback NT will work in consultation with Larrakia Nation in all stages of the project from shortlisting artists to project delivery and evaluation. Artback NT has met with DWC in regards to this project. We acknowledge that final proposals including design will need to be submitted for their approval. The distance from the cruise ship entrance of the walkway to the turnoff to the Waterfront Precinct is approximately 300 metres. Within the $20,000 budget Artback NT can deliver a mural, which stretches half this distance (150 metres). We propose centering the artwork within the start and end points of the DWC seawall, however key partners will determine the exact location of the mural.

When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?

It is anticipated that the project will take 5 months. February 2020: Call out for design concepts March 2020: Artist selection April 2020: Artist mentoring and design development May 2020: Priming of the seawall. Mural installation. Please note: preparation of the seawall for artwork can only commence after the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light installation has finished. June 2020: Seawall mural completed
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Council permits are not required for this project. Approval from DWC is required. An initial meeting with DWC took place in September 2019 and a detailed project proposal will be submitted to DWC management committee for consideration. Larrakia Nation has been part of the project from its inception. Discussions have identified potential cultural advisors, who will assist with candidate shortlisting and design development as well as artists for project delivery.

How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?

Artback NT will work with two Darwin based artists. The idea is for an experienced mural artist to collaborate with an emerging artist to develop and then paint the design on to the seawall. An independent company will be engaged to prime and prepare the wall prior to the artists commencing work on the mural. Due to the significant cultural meaning of the DWC site, Artback NT will work in close consultation with Larrakia Nation to employ and then mentor the artists throughout the project. This is to ensure delivery of an artwork representative of Larrakia culture and identity as it pertains to the space. The site for the proposed artwork also lends itself to public participation and interaction. Members of the community, including local school and youth groups, will be invited to attend public workshops and assist with final delivery of the artwork. Community workshops will be held on set days at specified times and will be limited to a maximum number of participants.

How will you know your project is successful?

Increased public engagement with the space will be a key indicator of the project’s success. We anticipate:

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