30 Years of DVAA
Throughout November 2013, DVAA celebrated thirty years as an association.
One of only two Artist Run Initiative’s (ARI’s) in the Northern Territory, DVAA supports the production, promotion and appreciation of art by local artists in all mediums, as well as increasing community awareness and participation in contemporary visual art in Darwin.
The thirtieth anniversary celebrations included a series of events throughout the month.
She’s a Pearler – DVAA retrospective exhibition
Opening Friday 15th November at 6pm
The premier event in our celebration calendar, and in keeping with the tradition of the pearl being the 30th Anniversary symbol, ‘She’s a Pearler’ celebrates works created by Board, Committee members, administrators and volunteers from the last 30 years. We have been able to locate artists living as far as Ireland and Indonesia, and other parts of Australia.
Just some of the artists involved are Linda Joy, Jacki Fleet, Anna Reynolds, Aly de Groot, Lisa Wolfgramm, John Sounders, Chayni Henry, Cath McAvoy, Ivor Cole, Lucy Keeler, Kate Fernyhough, Ingrid Gersmanis, Talitha Kennedy, Sarah Pirrie, Janice McEwan, Gloria Richards, Tobias Richardson, Hayley West, Merran Sierakowski, Bilha Smith, Malcolm Smith, Eliza Tobin, Carol Phayer and Bill Davies.
Image at left by Linda Joy.
At the Studio – Photo Essay
Launched at the She’s a Pearler opening
Celebrated local photographer Fiona Morrison has been capturing images of current DVAA members in their creative spaces, which will come together in a beautiful photo essay At the Studio. With an introduction by Sarah Pirrie, local artist and VET Lecturer/Coordinator Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University, the publication explores the diversity of studio spaces employed by our artists in this tropical environment.
A collaboration with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, supported by NT Writers Centre At the Casuarina Library all November DVAA have collected 40 different images from local artists, and through their connection with local schools Corrugated Iron Youth Arts will be facilitating writing projects encouraging students to write a story, or a response to the art works. The stories and images will be displayed throughout November in the Casuarina Library, with free postcards produced of the art works detailing a link to the stories on the internet. NT Writers Centre also supports this project. Postcards will be available at all DVAA anniversary events.
DVAA Revisited – Historical display
Thursday 7th – 29th November
The City of Darwin Community Art Space in the Darwin Civic Centre will be transformed into a trip down memory lane with a collection of images and invitations spanning our 30 year history at Frog Hollow. We have trawled the archives and members’ photo albums to bring together a collection of memories to share in this display.
Just a few of the images from the display…
DVAA Art Fair with Happy Yess Market
Sunday 17th November 3pm
On Sunday 17th November, local artists participated in an Art Fair under the trees at DVAA. The Art Fair will be in conjunction with the Happy Yess Market – so the perfect place to get your fix of local art, craft, food and fun… We invited our members to have a stall for free and showcase their amazing work. The fair was an opportunity for DVAA to say thank you to our members for your support over the years. DVAA also gave away 150 printed canvas bags full of information and goodies about all things local arts.