Art and culture are strong in the city of Darwin. If you’re keen to expand your knowledge of Aboriginal art and history, read on – here are some of the best places to experience it with your Darwin car hire.
Darwin’s first established art gallery is located in Stuart Park, comprising 10 rooms of Aboriginal glassware, jewellery, and ceramics. Framed is one of Australia’s largest galleries and enjoys an international reputation with a hugely diverse and ever changing collection.
At the inner city Parap Arts Precinct, emerging galleries showcase the best the region has to offer. These visual arts spaces provide a home for both Aboriginal and contemporary artists. Here you can browse Aboriginal art from around the Northern Territory and view cutting-edge works, from audio installations to photography and computer generated art.
The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art is a real feast for the senses. See how Aboriginal artists use new forms to retell timeless legends or tackle social and political issues. The Outstation Art Gallery showcases artwork from established and emerging Aboriginal artists, sourced from remote community art centres throughout desert country and the Top End. You’ll find everything from watercolours to bold geometric works.
The Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery offers a range of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art and craft, mixing paintings alongside carvings, woven baskets and more. At the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Fannie Bay you’ll have the chance to learn more about Aboriginal heritage at the permanent displays. Exhibitions include the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for which 100 works are chosen.
The Northern Territory Supreme Court is home to a spectacular Aboriginal art collection including works by leading artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Parliament House also displays some awe inspiring art works, with guided tours available, despite not being a formal gallery as such.
If one day browsing Darwin’s art galleries isn’t enough, then head out for a tour of the Tiwi Islands. There are three art centres there. The Tiwi Islands are 20-minute flight or two-hour ferry from Darwin, known for their colourful art and craft, distinct from mainland Aboriginal art. Witness Tiwi ladies demonstrate traditional weaving and painting and see pottery, carvings, jewellery and screen prints up close.