Darwin Visual Arts Association maintains four studio spaces that are available for both individual and shared studio practices.

These studios, located adjacent DVAA’s Wood Street Gallery in Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, are a rare opportunity for studio space in Darwin’s CBD at affordable rates. In conjunction with the gallery, the studios provide the basis of a dynamic contemporary arts scene within Darwin.

Studios have big doors and windows with good natural light, air-conditioning, a large shelving and storage room, a fridge, a ceiling fan and some furniture. Rates are $60.00 (including power) per week, plus a $100 refundable key deposit. Studio agreements are available for three to six months depending on programs. Rent is payable monthly.

Studio Proposals

DVAA puts out studio call outs annually dependent on need. The studios are a very desired resource and DVAA tries to make them as accessible as possible to all artists. Studios are let to artists for the purpose of making art and/or craft, within the constraints imposed by the physical nature of the building and facilities, fire, health and safety considerations.

Studio proposals are looked at by the DVAA board and artists are selected based on their need and capacity to contribute to the arts community and the DVAA programs. All studio holders must be a member of DVAA.

Studio artists are required to actively use their studios and participate in the Open Studios program, which provides studio artists an opportunity to present their work and practice to the community.

Dedicated long-term studio occupants can provide important continuity in the year-to-year operation of the Association. All studio holders are expected to provide some contribution or support to DVAA in return for the use of a studio. As an example, this contribution may include:

  • holding workshops
  • hosting an open studio as part of the Open Studio program
  • writing reviews on exhibitions, workshops and events at DVAA (to be used in DVAA newsletters and other publications)
  • volunteering at exhibition openings and working bees.

Prospective studio holders are to meet with the DVAA Manager to discuss the availability of space, the nature of their art practice and the intended duration of stay in a studio space. How the artist intends to contribute in-kind support to DVAA will also be discussed.