Showcasing Indigenous art in Darwin Festival since 2009

Since opening in 2009, Outstation Gallery has been a part of the Darwin Festival visual arts calendar held during August.

The Darwin Festival is renowned as an event showcasing national and local acts in the unique tropical environment and surrounds of the city. The visual arts calendar is a thriving mix of Top End art, Indigenous work from art centres and museums, and exciting touring exhibitions brought to Darwin during the Festival period.

Outstation has been proud to support the Festival by encouraging a vibrant arts scene in their program.

The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), now in its 32nd year, opens in August until November at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Salon des Refusés, Darwin

The Salon des Refusés, is generally an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of official awards but the term is most famously used to refer to the Salon des Refusés of 1863. As earl y as the 1830s, Paris art galleries had mounted small-scale, private exhibitions of works rejected by the Salon jurors. The glamorous event of 1863 was actually sponsored by the French government. In that year, artists protested the Salon jury’s rejection of more than 3,000 works, far more than usual. “Wishing to let the public judge the legitimacy of these complaints, said an official notice, Emperor Napoleon Ill decreed that the rejected artists could exhibit their works in an annex to the regular Salon

In 2013 Outstation Gallery teamed with Paul Johnstone Gallery, to present the inaugural Salon des Refusés, exhibiting indigenous works not selected for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Awards. Now in its third year, the Salon has been a well received and much anticipated event, and continues to provide a space to show the strength, breadth and diversity of Indigenous art through painting, sculpture, new media and photography.

Darwin Festival Exhibitions

Browse Outstation’s indigenous art exhibitions that have featured in the Darwin Festival past and present.


1 - 28 Aug 2018 Pepai Jangala Carroll – a solo exhibition
in collaboration with Ernabella Arts


5 - 20 Aug 2017 Black and White – Nawurapu and Djirrirra Wunungmurra
in collaboration with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre


6 - 30 Aug 2015 Yarrinya – new work by Barayuwa Munungurr
in collaboration with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre


9 - 24 Aug 2014 Salon Des Refusés 2014

1 - 30 Aug 2014 Pila – Spinifex Lands
in collaboration with Spinifex Arts Project


8 - 20 Aug 2013 Inaugural Salon des Refusés

3 - 28 Aug 2013 APY Lands survey exhibition 2013
in collaboration with:  Ernabella ArtsIwantja Arts and CraftMimili MakuNinuku ArtsTjala ArtsTjungu Palya


3 - 30 Aug 2012 Ngura nguru munu malaku ngura kutu – From home and returning home
in collaboration with Tjala Arts


8 Aug - 10 Sep 2011 Nganampa Kampatjanka Uungutja – Behind Our Canvas
in collaboration with Tjala Arts