Darwin Convention Centre celebrates Larrakia artists with new look furniture

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Darwin Convention Centre general manager Peter Savoff (top right) with the Winya team.

The Darwin Convention Centre has transformed the venue’s furniture with a vibrant display of First Nations artistry that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The furniture has been upgraded with Larrakia textiles following a collaboration with Winya, a profit-for-purpose business that supports Indigenous training and employment growth.

“As a proud Gulumoerrgin Larrakia woman, it is incredible to see our art come to life in different forms,” said Mim Cole, a contributing artist.

“I’m so happy and grateful for the Convention Centre to be showcasing our art on this beautiful furniture on Larrakia country.”

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NT Winya manager Michelle Smith says the project was a double celebration for their organisation.

“We are grateful to the Darwin Convention Centre for allowing Winya to open the doors to our wonderful Larrakia Artists and showcase their beautiful artworks through furniture,” said Smith.

“We are very proud of this collaboration with the Darwin Convention Centre, working together to make sure every design suited each piece of furniture perfectly and complemented the spaces within the venue.”

The refurbishment project follows the Centre’s recent initiative to rename four of its meeting rooms with traditional Larrakia names as part of its commitment to reconciliation.

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In consultation with Larrakia Elders, the spaces were named after sea creatures to reflect the Centre’s position within the spectacular Darwin Waterfront Precinct. The new signage for the meeting rooms now features vibrant artwork by a local Larrakia artist.

“As a business situated on Larrakia Country, we acknowledge the importance of honouring the rich cultural heritage of Darwin’s Traditional Owners,” said Darwin Convention Centre general manager Peter Savoff.

“We work closely with the Larrakia people to ensure guests visiting our venue gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Larrakia culture while visiting Darwin.

“By working with Winya and their talented Larrakia artists, we are proud to have given our venue furniture a new lease on life – all while creating a harmonious blend of art and functionality that will resonate with visitors during their conference.”