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Art & About – Darwin Art Trail

From the inner suburbs of Darwin to the banks of Darwin River Dam, the Darwin Art Trail (DAT) makes for an inspiring and creative day out.

Motivated by the beautiful landscapes, animals, textures and colours of the Darwin region, the group works across mediums including glasswear, jewellery, garden sculpture, pottery, painting, wood, leather, metal and recycled materials. 

Running the third Sunday of each month until September, DAT showcases local artists in their private studios, providing visitors an opportunity to talk with and purchase artworks direct from the artist and to see where the magic happens.
Off The Leash caught up with some studio owners for a closer look at this growing trail.

When was DAT established?
Darwin’s first art trail was established in 2014 by four studio owners who saw a need in Darwin for the public to interact with artists in their studios, connecting and understanding their artistic inspirations and how they work. 

How many studios are on the trail?
As in all living and artistic endeavours, this is ever changing. There have been five different studios over the last three years, all showcasing a large variety of artistic talent and work. From this base, the trail continues to grow as it taps into the vibrant and exciting Top End community.  

Is there a recommended route for the day if you want to visit all the galleries?
Feedback from participants is that many will start the day with a leisurely breakfast either out rural – the Purple Mango has been mentioned – or in town, taking their time and enjoying their visits and a country drive. You can make it a whole day adventure.   

What's the best part for visitors of visiting artists in their homes/studios?
Each studio is unique and there are always ‘works on the go’, so even if you have visited before you can see the latest creations evolving – often the buyer becomes part of the process by purchasing a work before it’s even finished. It’s an opportunity to meet artists who are building their dreams, taking the chance to live life on their terms, and creating from their hearts to give back to people.

Do the artists' sell their wares elsewhere?
Yes, some of the studios are open at other times or by appointment. Others are regulars at local markets and the large craft fairs. Some of the studios offer tuition so that patrons can return and create their own art works.

Anything new happening on the trail in 2017? 
There are three new studios joining that will push the art trail in fresh directions and offer visitors a new palette of exciting choices.  

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