Artwork by Eddie Janama Kitching


Darwin Visual Arts Association

GPO Box 1618 Darwin NT 0801  

We are currently in the process of moving. Please watch this space for updates regarding exhibition locations.


The Darwin Visual Arts Assoc is an artist-run space that is committed to the advancement of contemporary art that is relevant in the local, national and international context. DVAA provides a forum for the production and exhibition of Territory, Australian and International contemporary art and related practices. DVAA supports local artists at all stages of their careers by building capacity for creative practice and fostering critical dialogue through exhibitions, artist studios, artist talks, publications, resources, events and special projects. DVAA gives artists direct control over the means and conditions of presenting their work to the public. Whilst there are other galleries in Darwin and the surrounding region artists that actively choose to exhibit at DVAA do so because of the artistic freedom that this space offers and the artistic community involved in the organisation. DVAA has two galleries and four studios all based at the Froghollow Centre for the Arts in the Darwin CBD.


DVAA aspires to be recognised as a regional hub and incubator for emerging and established artists, curators, arts writers, a leader in engaged artistic practice that links artists, organisations and communities across the region.

Brief History

DVAA was established and incorporated in 1983 as the Darwin Visual Arts Association. It began life through the collective efforts of artists who wanted a place to make and exhibit their work. Throughout DVAA’s thirty two year history, it has maintained a very active exhibition program exhibiting local, national and international artists and presenting artists both in formative and established stages of their careers.


Located in the central business district of Darwin, DVAA recognises that its’ primary audience is made up of local artists. DVAA’s goals are focused on effectively supporting the development of artists through creating comprehensive hands-on opportunities to support maturation of artistic practice, particularly in terms of curatorial refinement and professional presentation. DVAA aims to inform local, national and international audiences creating opportunities for participation whilst promoting local and Territory art and artists on national and international platforms.


Our dedicated volunteers


Management Committee

Chairperson: Carolyn Bursa Vice Chairperson: Jenny Shepherd Secretary: Adrienne Wade Treasurer: Sally Clifford Public Officer: Alison Edwards

General Members: Catherine Miles, Kristen Johnson, Lois Revie, Susan Penfold, Maureen O’Sullivan, Fernanda Dupal,

Staff: Gallery Manager: Belinda Kinitavaki, General Manager: Alison Edwards

Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government