What you want to do in the public space and why?
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.
How you will make this project happen?
We will work with our collective of talented artisans and community leaders to plan, promote and lead workshops for locals, domestic and international visitors. Example ideas for workshops include: weaving workshops, jewellery making, screen printing, photography - all facilitated by Indigenous community leaders and made free or by donation for participants.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
Workshops would be for up to three hours each, can be morning, afternoon and early evening. They would take place throughout the school holidays (to engage families) and cruise ship days (to engage visitors) and for when major events are on at the Darwin Entertainment Centre (attracting locals & visitors). We anticipate running them from January - July 2020.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
No permits required, just commitment from the workshop leaders, which we have in principle, pending funding. If weather permits and we can hold events at the Esplanade Park, we will seek permits from the Darwin City Council
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
We will work with Indigenous artisans and creators who are part of our collective (up to ten small businesses) to develop a series of cultural and creative workshops for locals and visitors to participate in. We will mentor our two young Indigenous workers to learn the process of event / workshop coordination. We will work with other enterprises who are co-located to promote and cater for the event pop ups.
How will you know your project is successful?
We will see smiling faces, the areas full of people engaged in cultural and creative activity and the leaders will have developed their skills and confidence in connecting with community. We will measure success by: The number of people engaged in the workshops; the reach of promotion celebrating the Indigenous artisans and workshop participation; anecdotal feedback from participants collated via a survey; number of local businesses and tour groups we connect with. We will take on board feedback from stakeholders and look to make the events sustainable - this will be the real success!