2022 NT arts access awards

2022 NT arts access awards

nominations open: 30 september

nominations close: 14 november

Download the nomination form from the links below.

Word & PDF Versions:


If you have specific access requirements and / or require support to complete your nomination contact: Arts Access Darwin

Office Hours: 11am – 4pm Monday – Wednesday

Email artsaccess@darwincommunityarts.org.au

☎️ 08 7903 9310

Magical Mangroves

Public Art Project by  Free Space Studio Public Art Collective in collaboration with Milne and Stonehouse and City of Darwin

This project was proudly supported by the NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building program.

The Free Space Studio Public Art Collective are: Abigail Maralngurra (Belyuen/Port Keats), Angelique Martin, Joanne Van Roden, Samantha Callaghan, Tara Darcy (Yolngu/ Maningrida) and Wendy Lamble. The collective collaborated with public art design team Milne & Stonehouse ( Susan Milne & Greg Stonehouse) on the design and development of a series of large-scale public artworks, concepts and design were led by artists with disability. ‘Magical Mangroves’ is the site-specific theme each artist has responded to, drawing from features within the local ecosystem of Rapid Creek. The artist’s designs are integrated into the new playground shade cloth, into the design of the Water Garden’s new amenity and accessible change facility, and most notably, the Green Ants Nest Playspace – an accessible play centrepiece of the Upgrade. This two-pod structure is custom-made to facilitate creative and inclusive play and exploration including wheelchair access.

Artworks produced included: Printed shade cloth featuring original designs by the (FSSPAC). The Green Ants Nest wheelchair accessible play shelter and activity centre, featuring pic perf designs by (FSSPAC). 3 x Vinyl Mural Wraps of council exe-loos featuring original artwork by (FSSPAC) located at Aralia St (Nightcliff Foreshore), Chrisp St (Rapid Creek, Basketball Courts) & Jingili Watergardens.

2021 nt arts access awards – nominations open


2021 nt arts access awards

                    nominations close 1 November 2021

The 2021 NT Arts Access Awards will be held as part of the 2021 International Day of People with Disability Celebrations on 3 December in Darwin.

The NT Arts Access Awards recognise the contributions of individuals, groups and organisations in the NT who have been working to improve accessibility in the creative arts for people with disability, across all genres of creative endeavor.

The awards are a joint project of arts access darwin and incite arts (alice springs) running since 2009.

The awards aim to acknowledge NT based artists with disability who have made an outstanding contributions through their creative practice.

You can make multiple nominations – please use a separate form for each nomination.

Please send your completed nomination forms to:

amina mcconvell | creative producer, arts access darwin

email:artsaccess@darwincommunityarts.org.au     phone: 0416453012

To download the nomination form see the links below:

Word version:

Pdf Version

Australia Council for the Arts Arts and Disability Mentorship Program

Annie Moors Artist Residency – Milingimbi Arts & Culture Centre

  • Image shows artist Annie Moors using a brush to apply traditional ochre paints to a hollow log
  • Image Shows a close up image of a hollow log painted with traditional ochres, the design is bands red white and yellow ochres, followed by a section white arches
  • Image shows three indigenous women sitting in a circle on an ornate woven mat engaged in a lesson on ochre painting. Two women in the foreground are sitting on the floor and one is seated on rolling office chair. The women from left to right are: (left) Annie Moors, (centre, on chair) Helen Ganalmirriwuy Garrawurra, (right) Helen Milmindjarrk

Annie Moors Garrawurra family of the Liya-gawumirr clan. Dhuwa moiety – Yurrwi / Milingimbi

Totem: black cockatoo

Annie Moors is a Yurrwi/Milingimbi woman and emerging visual artist based in Darwin. Much of Annie’s artistic practice and subject matter is related to her Yolngu culture, family and country of Yurrwi/Milingimbi in North East Arnhem Land. This residency was centred around a mentorship program to support Annie’s professional development through connection to country, culture and family. Annie took part in a studio-based mentorship program at Milingimbi Arts & Culture Centre, under the supervision of senior artists:

Helen Milminydjarrk (lead mentor) LINK

Helen Ganalmirriwuy (sister) LINK

Margarent Rarru (sister)

Susan Balbunga LINK

Abigail  Mundjala LINK

This mentorship program gave Annie an incredibly special immersive experience enabling her to access artistic practices specific to her kinship, clan, totems and country, including;

  • Significance of ceremony, Dreaming stories, and where designs(miny’tji) and motifs specific to the Garrawurra family of the Liya-gawumirr clan come from
  • Use of body paint for funerals or ceremony
  • Hollow log (dupun) oyster and cuttlefish designs
  • Preparation of Pandanus (gungu) for weaving
  • Bush trip to Rocky Point to collect red yellow, red & white ochres (Ratjpa, Miku, Buthalak), specific to the Garrawurra family of the Liya-gawumirr clan
  • Collecting the Stringybark used for hollow log (Gadayka)
  • Kinship relationships (gurrutu)
  • Weaving Coil baskets (bathi) from pandanus
  • Body paint stripes (djirrididi)
  • Mother / child / cultural caretaker (djuŋgaya)
  • Grandparent / grandchild (märi / gutharra)
  • Sister / brother (yapa / wäwa)
  • Närra (cleansing ceremony time)

The residency program was held at Milingimbi Arts & Culture Centre 17 -27 May 2021. Proudly supported by; The Australia Council for the Arts. This project was facilitated in partnership with Milingimbi Arts and Culture, Arts Access Darwin/ Darwin Community Arts and Life Without Barriers.

Darwin Community Arts Disability Action Plan

Follow the link below to read or download our Disability Action Plan:


Darwin Community Arts (DCA) Is a multi-art, community arts organisation operating in the Darwin Urban and Rural Area; and is engaged with local, regional, national and international communities. DCA is focused on grassroots community arts and cultural development; working to ensure that diverse communities have opportunities to develop their creative practices in safe, inclusive and accessible art spaces.

DCA works through partnerships with diverse communities and non-arts organisations to provide programs which democratise the making and sharing of art. Supporting and facilitating the production of new works through community-led creative practice and collaborations.

Darwin Community Arts acknowledges the Larrakia, the traditional owners of Darwin, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them, and to their elders both past and present.

Arts and Disability at DCA: Inclusion and access for artists with disabilities have always been central principles in programming at Darwin Community Arts. All DCA’s spaces, projects, activities and programs are inclusive and accessible. Additionally, DCA runs several important, innovative and longstanding disability-specific arts programs including the Arts Access Darwin, CemNTstars, CemeNTheads and the Free Space Studio. Darwin Community Arts is now a registered NDIS provider in the Innovative Community Participation category.

Darwin Community Arts – General inquiries Phone (08) 8945 7347 Email mail@darwincommunityarts.org.au Website http://www.darwincommunityarts.org.au 

Arts Access Darwin – Creative Producer (Casual), Maternity Contract, Position Description

Job Opportunity:

Arts Access Darwin – Creative Producer (Casual)

Maternity Contract



MATERNITY CONTRACT PERIOD:  7-Months, 1 March – 30 September 2020



HANDOVER: 19 & 20 FEBRUARY 1pm – 5pm

REMUNERATION: $45.00 p/hr (DCA Casual Rate) – 15hrs p/week

WORKING HOURS & OFFICE DAYS: 2-days p/week, 7.5hrs p/day – Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 4:30pm

Applicants to submit:

– 1-page cover letter addressing the applicant’s suitability for the role and relevant qualifications in relation to the selection criteria.

– CV

– 2 professional referees (provide name, position, phone & email contacts for each referee)

Send applications to: artsaccess@darwincommunityarts.org.au


Position Specifications:

Key Accountabilities and Functions

> Project development, management – delivery of projects, exhibitions, productions and publications.

> Grant writing and corresponding reporting and acquittals.

> Advocacy and support for artists with disability – best practice in disability led arts, supporting artistic practices and professional development for artists with disabilities.

> Administrating the Free Space Studio including; securing funding; participant enrolments; workshop facilitator staffing; studio maintenance; materials upkeep & budgeting.

> Joint hosting of the annual NT Arts Access Awards ceremony with Incite Arts in Alice Springs – we have a 2-year rotation of award ceremony hosting duties – for example in 2020 & 2021 the awards ceremony will be hosted by Darwin Community Arts and in 2022 & 2023 the awards will be hosted by Incite Arts.

 Selection Criteria:

> Demonstrated understanding of best practice in arts and disability.

> Experience in community arts production and facilitation.

> Demonstrated effective project management and administration skills.

> Demonstrated experience in grant writing, ability to secure funding to support new and existing projects.

 Summary of Position

 Arts Access Darwin (AAD) is a creative producer role at Darwin Community Arts, the objective of the role is to provide arts-based workshops, professional development opportunities and events led by, inclusive of and accessible to people with disability. AAD partners with disability service providers and arts organisations to increase access to and participation in the arts for people with disability in the Darwin region. AAD is a member of Arts Access Australia. AAD will work with partners in the disability sector to enhance artistic production by people with disabilities. AAD continues to host the NT Arts Access Awards for the Northern Territory in collaboration with Incite Arts, Alice Springs.


  • To increase the presence and visibility of artists with disability in ALL areas of artistic endeavour
  • To promote a culture of inclusivity in ALL areas of artistic programming in Darwin – which acknowledges that people with disability, belong to diverse communities, with diverse access needs, and have a right to equal access to:
    • The means for creative expression – time to develop a practice, accessible creative workspaces, resources & materials etc.
    • Professional outcomes resulting from creative practice;
    • Equal opportunities for participation as audience members in arts venues;
    • Equal opportunities for paid employment in the arts sector;
  • Push for access and inclusion as a mainstream core value of ALL arts organisations.
  • Support the production of new works by artists with disability.


Arts Access Darwin takes our core values in relation to the equal rights of people with disability to participate in the creative arts, from The United Nations Convention on the Rights of people with Disability.


The general principles of the convention are as follows:
  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons;
    (b) Non-discrimination;
    (c) Full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
    (d) Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;
    (e) Equality of opportunity;
    (f) Accessibility;
    (g) Equality between men and women;
    (h) Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities


2019 NT Arts Access Awards – Nominations now open!

NTAwards_CreditOliverEclipsePhotographyImage: Dion Beasley, Winner 2018,The Michele Castagna individual artist with disability award

To download the 2019 nomination form:


 Send completed nomination forms to:

Arts Access Darwin | Darwin Community Arts

0416453012 | E. artsaccess@darwincommunityarts.org.au

Nomination Categories:

  • The Michele Castagna individual artist with disability award

Nominate a remarkable artist that you know.

  • Accessible Arts Projects

Nominate a project which has demonstrated outstanding leadership inaccessible and inclusive arts practice.

  • Individual Arts Worker or Disability Support Worker

An individual who has been instrumental in supporting the creative practices of artists with disability.

  • local arts or community organisation

Nominate a local organisation for their contributions to accessibility in the arts.

Nominations open 7 October

 Nominations close 31 October

The NT Arts Access Awards recognise the contributions of individuals, groups and

organisations in the NT who have been working to improve accessibility in the creative arts for people with disability, across all genres of creative endeavour. The awards aim to acknowledge NT based artists with disability who have made an outstanding contribution through their creative practice.