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Going Coconuts!

COCONUT STUDIOS IS the latest addition to the ever-growing creative hub that is Coconut Grove. We had a chat with the brains behind the new independent art space, Steph Martin.

We’re excited to hear about Coconut Studios – what prompted the idea?

I’ve had ongoing conversations with friends and locals about the need for more independent spaces to develop and present new artwork in Darwin. And, with Scott Morrison having abolished the Department of Communications and Arts at the turn of the new decade, I thought, it’s now or never – we must do something to keep our spirits high.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience as an artist?

I studied fine art and furniture design, but now that I think of it, all past work is relevant to this project. Even those hospitality jobs that drove me crazy at the time! Someone once said to me “weave together all the fragments of your life, together they are beautiful.” That’s the driving sentiment here.

What’s the creative space like?

The space has an industrial exterior with a slick, two-storey fit-out inside. Both levels are fully air-conditioned. Phew!

What kinds of art activities can arts folk explore?

Multidisciplinary art shows, talks and workshops with a focus on diversity, experimentation and change.

And you’re launching early next month – what can we expect?

Yes, we’re launching on the 4th of April and the opening night is going to be magic! Larrakia Elder Aunty Bilawara Lee will conduct a Welcome to Country, artist Beth Caird will present a new video work created especially for the launch, and there’s also a performance by local sound artists Tutup Mulut X Threadbrains to carry us into the night.

If you want to find out more, including other special (and no doubt, fun!) events, follow the Coconut Studios Facebook page.

Coconut Studios Launch Party


Photo: Stevie Martin

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