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There's a thriving community of artists working and living on the Cox Peninsula, but you mightn't know it if you only stick to one side of the harbour.

This year’s Wagait Beach Arts Group Exhibition boasts paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and poems to textiles, mosaics, ceramics and sculpture – all connecting to the theme ‘flora’.

“It’s just a group of local artists who decided that there’s so much talent on the peninsula that we should showcase it,” says Sarah Smith, from the Wagait Beach Arts Group. 

Taking place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the community event is this year included in the Darwin Fringe program and will kick off on Friday evening with The Dukes ukulele band, drinks and nibbles at the exhibition opening.

On Saturday an art market selling local work from Wagait, Belyuen and Dundee artists takes over the town. Expect a friendly vibe, with some guest artists included. 

“Anyone who has a connection with us, we have some people from down south that used to live here, or people who provide services to the peninsula,” says Smith.

On Sunday morning local playwright and poet Sandra Thibodeaux hosts a poetry breakfast to bring the Peninsula’s artistic bender to a fitting close.

Make a day or weekend of it. Travellers from Darwin can hop on a ferry from Cullen Bay and be welcomed on the other side with a free minibus to the exhibition space.

Fri 14 – Sun 16 Jul | Opening Fri 14 Jul, 6pm | Wagait Beach Community Hall

See the event listing.

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