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Art and Adaptation

Artists are invited to respond to the theme ‘art and adaptation’ for their chance to see their work illuminate the town for the next series of light box installations.

By Tamara Howie

Artist Fernanda Dupal is curating the next instalment of the City Life Platform light boxes around Darwin city and Nightcliff, and says she wants to see how artists respond to a theme she is often thinking about.

“As an artist I’m always changing – I’m fairly process based and I’m exploring stuff all the time and ‘adaptation’ is an idea that I’ve been working with for a while,” she says.

“Also, Darwin itself is changing, and there’s so much adaptation happening – we’re in this state of flux at the moment and I think it’d be nice to creatively explore those ideas together. I thought a group show could be quite a powerful way to start some conversations through art.”

Dupal exhibited her own work in one of the light boxes last year as part of the Glamorama Futurama group show, in which artists were asked to respond to the futuristic space-ship shaped Futuro House.

“As an artist it’s really fun to be part of and to see your work up there illuminated for those three months,” she says.

“Sometimes as an artist it’s also really nice to work with someone else’s theme and explore your  practice through a different lens and work to a brief.”

All artists selected will be paid an artist fee and have their work displayed in the light boxes in the Smith St Mall, China Town car park and Nightcliff Pool between June and September.


Image: Artist Aly De Groot with her lightbox installation.

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