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.case studies & KEY Projects.

darwin street art festival

Funded by Activate Darwin

The Darwin Street Art Festival (DSAF) was the brainchild of Proper Creative Co-Director, David Collins. This annual festival has been running since 2017 and Proper Creative have managed and coordinated every festival since then (in coordination with various government funding bodies). DSAF is now funded by the Northern Territory Government through Activate Darwin and is supported by a number of other valued sponsors.


Since DSAF’s inception just under 90 murals have been painted by over 60 artists, transforming the streets of Darwin into a spectacular outdoor art gallery that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Proper Creative are particularly proud of what we have been able to achieve with this festival and the platform we have helped to provide for our local and national artists.


BIG RIVERS portrait series

In collaboration with Katherine Regional Arts

The Big Rivers Portrait Series, a project being run by Katherine Regional Arts, is a reflection of the NT Big Rivers region's unique identity. It's where they seek to honour, celebrate and remember the significant contribution of those who helped in carving the Big Rivers' modern identity and to reflect on the determination and commitment to their region.

The series is an ongoing project as this region with Visit Katherine at its heart continues to reflect on its story, and soul.

The first mural was installed in 2019 and the most recent in October 2022. 

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Minmarama Basketball Court

In collaboration with Activate Darwin and House of Darwin

In 2022 Proper Creative were engaged to paint the first in a series of basketball courts for 'Hoop Dreams in the NT' a project run by House of Darwin and funded by Activate Darwin. 

The court was located in the Minmarama Community and the project revitalised the court with a vibrant mural and some brand new rings and backboards - ensuring a safe and fun place for the community to play.



In collaboration with Marrawuddi Arts and West Arnhem Regional Council

In 2021 Proper Creative won the tender to paint the water tower in Jabiru as part of the Jabiru Beautification Project rolled out by West Arnhem Regional Council as the town of Jabiru transitions to a tourism economy. The tower is located on Castenzoon Street in Jabiru and is approximately 34m tall. Proper Creative collaborated with Marrawuddi Art Centre and local artists to design the final artwork which showcases the natural environment through realism painting, traditional art work and weaving and is also extremely bright and vibrant.

The mural on the water tower took approximately three weeks to complete, including painting two undercoats and many hours of hard work. The result is spectacular and is the tallest object and the most exciting thing that Proper Creative have painted. 



In collaboration with Darwin International Airport

In 2022 Proper Creative were engaged to paint a 41 metre-tall water tower at the entrance to the Darwin International Airport Precinct. 

Comprising possibly the biggest didgeridoo representation in the world, the artwork was designed by Larrakia man Anthony Duwan Lee. 

The mural has created an impressive landmark at the key entry point to the Top End and recognises the Larrakia people as the traditional custodians of the Darwin region.

The ‘Darwin Didgeridoo’ water tower landmark calls on people to stop, reflect and acknowledge where they are and provide them with perhaps their first connection to Aboriginal culture as they enter the Top End.



In collaboration with Ikuntji Artists

In 2020 Proper Creative were engaged to paint one of Keturah Zimran's iconic artworks 'Puli Puli' onto the outside walls of the Litchfield Carpark in Darwin City. 

Keturah's work was chosen by the Sandran Group and the work was upscaled and painted by Proper Creative in a project that took 2 weeks and over 150 litres of paint.

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