Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
 Visual Arts students Jane Anderson, Allyce Peckett and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Arts Sarah Pirrie inspect one of the Catchlight images
Visual Arts students Jane Anderson, Allyce Peckett and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Arts Sarah Pirrie inspect one of the Catchlight images

Students help light up city

Visual Arts students are helping light up landmark locations through the City of Darwin’s CITYLIFE Platform.

This artistic program aims to transform selected outdoor public spaces into outdoor galleries using lightboxes and provide a showcase for local artists.

The purpose-built lightboxes are located in the Mall, near the Chinatown carpark and at Nightcliff Pool.

Six students have developed an exhibition titled Catchlight for display in the lightboxes from October to January 2019.

One of the students, Megan Adams, said the budding artists had created a suite of 10 works reflecting Darwin.

“The artworks consider location through the lens of historic, site related and an environmental gaze,” Megan said.

“Artworks created use the lightboxes as windows to the past and present, telling Darwin’s stories from the Bougainvillea Festival to WWII reflections; environmental messages of plastic-free coastal communities to historic Chinatown.

“We have tried to capture the spirit of Darwin producing striking artworks that hopefully become a talking point among locals,” she said.

Coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Arts Sarah Pirrie said it was great students were able to exhibit their work in busy parts of Darwin.

“As young or emerging artists, it’s sometimes difficult to access an audience. This is a wonderful partnership with the City of Darwin, providing a unique opportunity for our students to have their work displayed and seen by so many people,” Ms Pirrie said.

“It’s also a chance to work towards a professional product while studying. This real world outcome develops skills in collaborative design, project management and creativity,” she said.

The Catchlight exhibition will be launched on 5 October at 6pm at the Live Darwin Creative Hub, 19 The Mall.