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Art and About - DVAA

After 35 years at Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA) is slowly turning over a new leaf and moving to Harbour View Plaza, after being forced out of the precinct by the development of Barneson Boulevard. 

General manager Alison Edwards had a chat about what the future looks like for DVAA

Tell us a bit about some of DVAA’s achievements from the time at Frog Hollow?
Achievements include the launch of innumerable artist careers, with many exhibiting their works for the very first time in the Woods St or Roller Door galleries. Artist skills development has evolved as a major priority for our workshop program, including the highly successful Art Biz program earlier in 2018.

You’re settling into Mayfair Gallery and the Live Darwin Hub until Harbour View is fitted out – how are the temporary homes feeling?
We are pleased to spend our transition (with no set timeline for our new home) settled in to Mayfair Gallery to present DVAA member exhibitions and housed in Hills Hoist Studios for office space. It has been a challenge to maintain our programs and artist support during this transition, yet it also presents opportunities for growth and professional development for our team, our committee and our artists.

What will the new space at Harbour View be like?
Our new home is yet to be remodelled to meet the needs of our organisation but we look forward to brand new galleries with modern hanging systems and lighting. The space will feature a large gallery and three smaller galleries which are perfect for our emerging artists to showcase their work without having to deliver a large number of pieces. 

Are there plans for more studio spaces?
Harbour View Plaza will have three artist studios and we are currently planning to work towards accessing more studio space elsewhere.


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