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Art by Bippidii Boppidii, Chiggy and Katherine Bradley

2017 Artists-in-the-Park

If you are interested in creating work in the Territory Wildlife Park, we are inviting you to explore the possibilities and come and work in the Park to make it happen!

The program is designed to enhance community engagement with the Territory Wildlife Park by bringing together artists who work in a range of art practices to develop new work dedicated to the experience and expression of the Territory Wildlife Park.

Proposals from individuals, groups and collaborations between artists will be accepted. Indigenous artists, young and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

This program is open to all art forms such as sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, textiles and fibre, jewellery-making, photography, film, dance, theatre, sound (musicians and sound artists), new media, text (poets and writers), land art and ephemeral/installation art.

The Goals of Artists in the Park are to:

1. Support the creation of new work that is inspired by or linked to the animals, plants and habitats represented at the TWP.

2. Create environmental awareness to users of the park and a greater understanding of the relationships between plants, animals and the landscapes and processes that shape and affect them through art, design and creative expression.

Important Dates to Remember

Submission closing date Friday 27th February 2017
Applicants notified Monday 29th February 2017
Orientation Day for the Program To be advised
Program ends Sunday 31st December 2017

What You Should Submit?

Submissions can be emailed, mailed, delivered or faxed to

Jasmine Jan
Artistic / Narrative Coordinator
Territory Wildlife Park
PO Box 771
Palmerston NT 0831
PH: 89 887228
Fax: 89 887201

Artist in the Park Profiles


Artist in the Park - Group Image
(From left: Peta Smith, Ann-Louise Yamada, Liz Martin (kneeling), Katie Bradley, Kylie Frewen-Lord, Shona Ford, Sarah Martin, Robyn McLean, Kristen Johnson)
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 Artists-in-the-Park!

Orientation Day took place on Thursday 17th of April where our 9 artists were given behind-the-scenes tours of all the sections around the Park and Artistic/Narrative Officer Jasmine Jan outlined the opportunities that will present to the artists throughout the program.


Kylie Frewen Lord (Artist-in-the-Park 2015)

As an Artist-in-the-Park, having access from March to December provides a unique opportunity to establish long term connections with specific environments, animals, birds and fish. Being able to observe the seasonal changes at Goose Lagoon, and to draw birds at close range each week, enabling me to understand their movements, postures and personalities was a first for me and a special experience, especially with Park staff on hand to provide expert knowledge.
Jacqueline Gribbin (Artist-in-the-Park 2015)



Artist in the Park - Group Image

2012 Artists-in-thePark (From left: Laila Pedersen, Kaye Aldenhoven, Hannah Seward, Stacie Albano, Sophie Constable, Helen Hansen and Sue Moffit).

The Artists in the Park Program gave me the opportunity to share my work with others which is an Artists ultimate goal. Our team of four writers were able to publish ‘Wild Words” an Anthology of short fiction and poetry inspired by the environment of the Park. Seeing my writing in print for the first time has been an invaluable experience which has encouraged me to grow and develop my skills in my chosen craft. Thank you Jasmine and thank you to the Northern Territory Wildlife Park employees for your dedicated work in caring for the flora and fauna of such a magical place. –Helen Hansen (Writer-Wild Words group)

I loved the opportunity to immerse myself in the bush but best of all was the interaction with all the people involved in the Artists-in-the-Park project. It was a very special experience and there’s nothing better than writing with writers, it somehow brings out the best in me. – Sue Moffitt (Writer – Wild Words group)


Artist in the Park - Group Image

2011 Artists-in-the-Park (From left: Alison Worsnop, Janelle Fisher, Jacinda Brown, Gerald Grady).

Apart from the wildlife, the aspect I enjoyed most about being an AiTWP was working en plein air – day after day – in a beautiful, natural, but safe setting, with a good café (now with even better coffee!) and friendly people for the occasional chat. Being an AiP made me feel legitimate and motivated in this pursuit and gave me a sense of purpose. – Alison Worsnop (Artist)

The AiP still remains for me a unique and significant opportunity in my artistic journey. It allowed me to more deeply draw on the Park’s resources, gather reference material, and learn about the animals and their habitats from the inspiring keepers and guides. The connections made with people during the residency, both staff and artists, remain. I am so grateful for the opportunity. – Janelle Fisher (Artist)

The Territory Wildlife Park AiP program is a great way to have intimate interactions with a wide range of Territory Animals. The very experienced and friendly staff were happy to help with any enquiry I had. Highly recommend artists of any medium. – Jacinda Brown (Photographer)