Darwin Street Art Pageant expands to suburbs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs

Two avenue artists have painted a a few-storey mural depicting a Larrakia lady keeping a potent python in the again streets of the Darwin suburb of Nightcliff.

The mural on the wall of the Nightcliff Community Bank is part of an growth of Darwin City’s road art into the suburbs and other elements of the Northern Territory.

Larrakia artist Mimmim Cole — who painted the mural with Melbourne street artist Kaff Eine — said the python retains excellent importance for her people today and Indigenous tradition.

“The python is a snake dreaming and is one particular of my favorite native animals,” she mentioned.

Ms Cole and Ms Eine, whose artist identify is Kaff-eine, talked for yrs about collaborating with each other on a mural.

“We wished to build a piece that mirrored the multiculturalism of Darwin,” Ms Eine mentioned of the mural, which has nevertheless to be titled.

“The female represents the varied ladies in Darwin, all coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the python is symbolic for a Larrakia artist,” she reported. 

A mural of a woman's face painted on the side of a building in an outdoor mall, she is holding a snake near her face.
Mimmim Cole and Kaff Eine’s mural in Nightcliff is designed to mirror Darwin’s multiculturalism.(

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Ms Eine has participated for quite a few many years in the Darwin Street Art Festival, which was launched in 2017.

This year’s 10-working day competition, which observed 30 artists paint 17 murals, ends on Friday.

“The honour of portray with a Larrakia artist on Larrakia land is quite wild … and to get to spend time with my mate and get to know her improved though we are portray,” Ms Eine said.

For a lot of many years, the Street Art Competition has been confined to the borders of Darwin’s CBD.

“This calendar year is the start of the journey out of the CBD and into the northern suburbs, and down the freeway,” David Collins, the festival’s director and artistic producer, stated.

“We are piggybacking off the achievement of the Alice Springs Road Artwork Competition,” he mentioned.

“We are also stopping in Tennant Creek, and Katherine, to do mini-to-large scale murals there.”

A brightly coloured mural of a still life scene, painted on the side of a building in a suburban area.
The pageant has been expanded to Darwin’s northern suburbs and down the Stuart Freeway to other city centres in the NT. (

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In Darwin, avenue art has been rolled out to suburbs, such as Parap, Nightcliff, Casuarina and Wulagi.

Among the artists are well-regarded locals Jordan Conrad, Jason Lee, Polly Johnstone, Catherine Miles, Shaun Edwards and Jimmy Bamble.

Mr Collins mentioned that, rising up in Darwin, there was no artwork on show in public locations.

Mr Collins mentioned he hoped expanding street artwork from Darwin’s CBD would assist Territorians on their journey out of the pandemic.

A man in a hi-vis vest looking at the camera while leaning on a balcony, with tall buildings in the background.
David Collins says the artworks created for the competition above the several years have transformed Darwin’s CBD. (

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Of the artists who have participated in the competition, 70 per cent are Territorians.

Caleb Schatz, 19, who initial took up a brush when he was 16, landed a place to paint a mural all over the corner from his household in Wulagi.

Stretching up to 100 metres, it exhibits off vivid colors of local insects and vegetation, all dancing to the audio of songs.

“I began with the songbirds and dance bugs and kind of developing a chicken imagery,” Mr Schatz claimed.

“And the bugs. I tried using to make them search as if they are giving a tiny boogie,” he reported.

“I hope men and women can see my wall and choose images and be inspired to do their possess art.”

A man walks past the side of a building featuring a colourful mural of dancing animals and plants, on a sunny day.
Caleb Schatz’s vibrant mural in Wulagi displays animals and plants dancing to audio. (

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With the Darwin Road Artwork Festival growing each and every 12 months, artists say no wall is risk-free.

“Now we have developing entrepreneurs approaching us, wanting us to do murals on their structures. It can be finding simpler to discover canvases,” Mr Collins said.

The competition is funded by the Northern Territory governing administration with the goal of revitalising the streets and attracting artwork lovers to the Territory.