About the Painting Home Project

Painting Home was a community art project that installed nine large-scale public artworks onto the houses and surrounds of Darwin’s oldest town camp - Bagot Community.

The project provided opportunities for artistic and authentic expression, acknowledgement and celebration of personal and shared stories and culture.

Painting Home aimed to capture the poignant stories and messages that reflected the collective hopes and dreams of the community – capturing and reflecting on identity, place and belonging. 

Painting Home was created through professional collaborations between local and interstate artists guided by Bagot community members. Painting Home saw senior Indigenous artists including Larrakia woman Dotty Fejo and Roper River man Les Huddleston working with renowned street artist, Andrew Bourke (Komplex Graphix) and local artists Anna Weekes, David Collins and Jesse Bell. Senior artist Dotty Fejo mentored her niece, Dotti Fejo during this project and Andrew Bourke skill-shared with the entire team of artists, in particular the lead Indigenous artists and local street artist, Jesse Bell.

The project commenced in the first week of July 2015 and ended in November 2015 taking a total of five months working with the community every day. 

As a final celebration, Bagot Community opened its doors to the public with three walking tours on Saturday 7 November 2015. 

Painting Home murals were designed through extensive engagement with Bagot residents who primarily wanted to feature images that positively represented Bagot and which enabled young members of Bagot to learn more about the community's history and aspirations for the future. 

Painting Home built on previous collaborations between producer Kieren Sanderson and the Bagot Community which began in 2013 with numerous activities including a national postcard project called YarnHeart, a video installation called Bagot my Home and various history projects where Kieren and the community began mapping the culturally significant places, the trees, the birds, the watercourses, births, significant houses and families in Bagot. 

These projects became a feature of the Darwin Festival in 2013 and 2014, allowing the Bagot community to share their stories, hopes and fears. 

Continuing on the legacy of capturing and sharing Bagot's history is the Virtual Tour you will find on this website. You can walk through Bagot community and take a closer view of eight of the nine murals situated in the community. At each site you can discover more audio stories, films, photographs about Bagot community and its residents. 

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The Bagot Community Bagot History Timeline The Painting Home team Child Australia at Bagot
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