3. Local independent artists
If you’ve been wanting to commission a local artist for your very own piece, there’s loads of talented people in the NT to help you out.
Pet portraits are a wonderful way to immortalise your special furry friends, and Jabiru artist Piper Kidd is renowned for creating bold and beautiful works. Walked the streets of Darwin and admired the colourful murals in the Darwin Street Art Festival? Believe it or not, you can get your very own slice of street art at home by the Proper Creative team.
And we’re all doing our best to stay home by creating ways to have fun – how cool would it be to look back on this time with some professional snaps? Local photographer Helen Orr is offering to capture your private, at home moments with isolation photo shoots.
4. Local entertainment
Musicians and performers are taking to the interwebs to bring you entertainment in the comfort of your own home. Most of these pages allow you to contribute directly to artists, so throw in some cash if you can.
Keep an eye on Darwin Live Gig Guide for live-streamed music, comedy and DJ sets. Support local bands by buying their merch – a bunch are listed on the Music NT website. Follow Lockdown Arts – a page run by NT creatives – for live-streamed events as well as great tips on how you can support the local creative community. And visit Off The Leash for a virtual calendar of online events from NT creatives in the Top End.
5. Local gifts & crafts
If you’re on the hunt for a special gift, the search is over. The Tactile Arts Gift Shop in Parliament House is home to a wide range of gifts and crafts from local artisans. Aboriginal Bush Traders’ online store offers beauty products, bush food (such as dukkah and Kakadu plum), art, homewares and fashion products. Provenance Arts has been working hard to get an online shop up and running, including some gorgeous spinifex weavings, so keep an eye on the website for more additions.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers in Alice Springs have put together learn-to-weave kits that can be ordered online; Tjanpi artists believe weaving to be a form of meditation and a great way to de-stress. And Jabiru’s Marrawuddi Gallery has an online store offering a swag of goodies from Kakadu-based artists – the perfect place to score a pair of Frieda Pettersson pandanus earrings!