City of Darwin launched the Febuary installment of their CITYLIFE Platform outdoor illuminated public art program with the opening of a new exhibition: Arafura Connect – from Mangroves to Mudflats. The exhibition is by local NT artist Aly de Groot and is comprised of 10 of her works which emulate the sea-life and coastal environments found in the proximity of the Arafura Sea, including Nightcliff Beach where she lives and Groote Eylandt where she works at the Anindilyakwa Art Centre.
“The works are about connecting to places, different and familiar. They result from my passion for protecting and preserving the sea habitat and marine life we are so lucky to be surrounded by” said de Groot.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis was thrilled that the artworks wiere be on display across the city in the lead up to, and during the Arafura Games.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the theme of the Arafura Games and really bring it to life in our public spaces .Aly’s work is a celebration of our beautiful Arafura coastline and we are proud to offer a platform to showcase these works to the community and to those who will be visiting our city during the games” said the Lord Mayor.
The opening event was held at the Foreshore Café, Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff on Febuary 10, 2019.
City of Darwin Council Alderman Robin Knox launched the event, which included a Welcome to Country by Larrakia Elder Bilawara Lee. The opening event also included the launch of a creative collaboration by local film producer Timothy Parish and Darwin music producer Gaia Osborne, who worked with the artist on a short film to present and promote the artworks. The 10 illuminated artworks were on show at The Mall, Chinatown Car Park and Nightcliff Pool, until May 2019.