Most days over the last 4 years, I've driven past the Bagot Community located between the RAAF Base and Dick Ward Drive. It's a part of Darwin that's always intrigued me. Mostly because I've never been there but also because of a heaviness i feel whenever i pass it. I had no idea of it's history or how it came to be but i was interested to know more.
Yesterday the Community opened it's doors welcoming the greater Darwin community to explore their home and see some truly beautiful artworks.
The residents, in conjunction with Artists Dorothea Fejo, Les Lipwurrunga Huddleston, Jesse Bell, Andrew Bourke and David Collins, have created some stunning pieces which give an insight into the lives and memories of the people who live here. The works bring love and colour to the neighbourhood and perhaps even an inkling of hope. Hope for the future and for their families around them. A ray of sunshine in a complex environment. You can see pride on the faces of the residents. I hope this is just the beginning and that more artworks are done.
Thank you for having us Bagot. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. You've opened my eyes a little bit wider and stoked my curiosity for your place and for Darwin even more.
Keep it up. Your art rocks.