Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Staff, students taking art on the road

By Louise Errington

The vibrant Art on Wheels van will stop at CDU's Casuarina campus on 25 September as part of its month-long tour of artistic community engagement

A 1985 van will be transformed into a mobile venue for public art as a group of artists, including CDU lecturers and students, travels throughout Darwin this month.

During September, Art on Wheels will present video works, live music performances, power-generated installations, audio works, face-to-face workshops and theatre performances in shopping centres, parks and markets.

CDU Lecturer in Visual Arts and Chairperson of the Darwin Visual Art Association (DVAA) Sarah Pirrie said the Art on Wheels program would bring contemporary art to the community.

"The program will challenge the artists to combine contemporary and community arts and make that interconnection work," Ms Pirrie said.

Using a branching system, Ms Pirrie will deliver knowledge to members of the community, and ask them to pass this on to their networks, connecting her art practices with people's daily lives.

"Each participant will have a different learning experience depending on who is doing the teaching and who is doing the learning," Ms Pirrie said.

The final stop of the Art on Wheels tour will be CDU's Casuarina campus on Tuesday 25 September for a day of free artistic engagement with students and the public.

Art on Wheels is a collaboration between DVAA, Arts NT and the Australian Council for Visual Arts, and is supported by the Darwin City Council and local businesses.

For a full program of events, visit the Arts on Wheels website: