City of Darwin is inviting local artists - established or emerging - to apply to be part of a temporary public art commission, in celebration of Neighbour Day 2019.  There are four opportunities and each successful artist will be paid $2,400 ex GST, inclusive of materials.

Four solar light towers were recently installed in the Smith Street Mall and the walls surrounding these light towers are being offered as a temporary outdoor gallery space. 

Each of the four artists chosen will be commissioned to paint four ready-made panels for City of Darwin to install on the sides of each light tower.  The panels will be provided by Council and must be created off site.

The commission is acquisitive and artworks will be kept to display in Council buildings after the exhibition date.

The commission is open to solo artists or creative teams and artworks will relate to the 2019 Neighbour Day theme: Loneliness – What Neighbours Can Do to Create Connection.

Important Dates MARCH 27 – Submissions Due                 |              MARCH 29 – Artists Selected             MARCH 31 – Neighbour Day Announcement     |     APRIL 1-5 – Panels for Pick Up/Delivery   APRIL 23 – Installation Deadline

Background Temporary solar lighting towers were erected in response to serious concerns raised by the community and retailers regarding anti-social behaviour and pedestrian safety as a result of dark spots in the Mall.   Feedback to date has been positive, although some retailers identified the visual aspect of the temporary lights – the yellow cages – as an issue.   The Neighbour Day Temporary Outdoor Gallery Commission is a creative solution to address this issue as Council continues to work with stakeholders on a longer term solution.

For more information or to apply - Visit our website: Email: [email protected] Call: 08 8930 0300