Darwin Turf Club is excited to bring the Horsing Around Exhibition to the Darwin CBD. The exhibition is a fantastic platform to promote the amazing art scene in Darwin, to brighten the City, and to share the excitement of this year’s Carnival of Colour with all of Darwin.
The Horsing Around Exhibition will feature eight life-sized fiberglass horses transformed in to works of art by some of Darwin’s most exciting artists and creatives. The horses roll out from the 16th of June, and will be exhibited until the 11th of August. The thoroughbreds will be popping up around the CBD and surrounds in parks, precincts, and even jettys.
Some of the horses will be auctioned off after the exhibition to raise money for the artist’s charity of choice.
For more information on the artists involved in the project and the locations of the horses please click on the horses in the map below.
Interact with the horses on social media #HorsingAround.
MAP OF DARWIN - Please click on the horses to see artists and their location
Horse: Neddy the gee geeLocation: Trotting out on the 4th JulyHorse Information:
Combining artworks I've already painted to mesh together and create one big scene in a kind of Marnie Jay wonderland. Part reality but mostly made of daydreams. A landscape of natural bushy scenes that flow in to a billabong full of bird life, frogs and crocs that eventually brings you to my backyard of bliss. Swinging in a hammock, listening to the chitter chatter of birds, star gazing fro the roof and rescuing washing from the line in 'build up' winds. You'll be able to physically wander along and investigate 'Neddy' the gee gee to discover a multitude of quirky critters or perhaps you may just want to find a quiet spot to sit and ponder.
Spray paint and stenciling paper.
Put forward for this exhibition by Paul Johnstone Gallery
Born at Myilly Point, Darwin the year before Cyclone Tracy blew in, Marnie Jay grew up savouring the laid back lifestyle of the Territory, its easy going people, rich multiculturalism, authentic markets, camping ventures and sailing on Darwin harbour. These fun memories and Territory themes often feature in her artworks.
After uni she focussed on the corporate world, using her graphic design skills and exploring other realms such as web design, exhibition/ display and 3D animation. Her first love of illustration beckoned her back and in 2005 she started painting with acrylics and exhibiting her works. She has since had a string of solo and group shows in various Darwin galleries and venues such as Framed, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Paul Johnstone Gallery, The Entertainment Centre, DVAA, Tactile Arts and Parliament House. She hosted her own event in 2010 with The Darwin Festival at Burnett House, Myilly Point. She was invited to participate in The Royal Bank of Scotland Art Award in Sydney and is in the Museum & Art Gallery Collection of the Northern Territory.
Horse: GaryLocation: Smith Street Mall (Knuckey Street end)Horse Information:
“One of my favourite quotes about horses is by American vaudeville actor Will Rogers- " You know horses are smarter than people, you've never heard of a horse who went broke betting on people". Said Ms Henry.
“This loosely forms the theme behind the work I want to do that expresses my history with the equine species and how I've largely been outsmarted and out-muscled by them throughout my life. (I grew up with them as a child). It'll be a humorous, but slightly resentful take on my relationship with horses” she said.
Haymes Paint and Markers.
Put forward for this exhibition by Mayfair Gallery
Chayni Henry has been a resident of the Northern Territory since 1988, and an exhibiting artist since 2002. Henry is a self-taught artist whose work is a mélange of personal experience, social observation and text, which often shows a self-deprecating sense of humour.
In 2005 Henry’s work drew the attention of prominent Sydney art collector Peter Fay and she was offered a solo exhibition at his residence. This was followed in 2006 by an invitation to exhibit in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, where her work received widespread national attention. In 2007 she won the inaugural Togart Art Prize in Darwin and the next year saw her shortlisted work in the same prize aqcuired by the National Gallery of Australia.
Henry’s work features in both institutional and private collections nationally including National Gallery of Australia, NT Government Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Charles Darwin University Collection, and Wollongong University Collection and many more public and private collections across Australia and internationally.
Parap Primary School and Yvonne Harding
Horse: Parap Flyers Location: Star Village, Smith StreetHorse Information:
Dam: Racing Community/ Sire: Vickers Vimy Pilots.
Our school is based around the aviation theme – being built on the original air strip for the landing of planes. Our school community is obviously made up from many members of the racing community, many students are children of the trainers/ jockeys at Fannie Bay.
Haymes Paint and sealer
Parap School Mission: Working together, nurturing personal achievement and life-long learning in a learner-centred environment, sustained by explicit values and strong school, family and community partnerships. Our school values integrity, responsibility, excellence and doing our best, respect, care and compassion and collaborative learning.
David Collins and Tamara Howie
Horse: Uncle DarylLocation: Tamarind Park, Mitchell Street Horse Information:
There is only one way to wear pants and that's the way it’s gonna be
Spray paint and markers
Street artist David Collins paints and draws. "Originally it was on walls and things that I wasn’t allowed to then I got a taste of commissioned walls and lo-fi gallery stuff and loved it. This slowed down my street practice. I still paint the odd legal wall."
David’s art is focused on pop culture portraits (from hip hop, wrestling, etc.) or ‘cheeky monsters, birds or bogans’.
David also curates and manages Mayfair Gallery a privately run creative space and art gallery situated in the heart of the Darwin CBD. Known for amazing street art exhibitions and Tinder life drawing classes!
Tamara is a journalist for the NT News and a talented visual artist.
Collaboration piece by artist Johnny Romeo, Sprout Creative and SignCity.
Horse: Ned Kelly Location: The Galleria, Smith Street MallHorse Information:
When asked to create an artistic horse Sprout looked for the best digital signage company and an artist they have professionally worked with that had a national and international foot print. Johnny Romeo and his Ned Kelly exhibition was perfect - an iconic Australian outlaw bushranger who's only mode of transport was his horse.
Through his work Johnny asks the question whether Ned was a modern day super hero rebel with a cause or just a horse thieving, vindictive colonial thug. More information on Johnny's work and his biography can be found at www.johnnyromeo.net
Paint, based on acrylic and oil artwork originally painted on canvas.
Johnny's work is a canvas of pop art inspired colour. Johnny held his first Territory solo Ned Kelly themed exhibition in Darwin at Sprout Creative. Sprout created and published a book and designed an art car for the exhibition and with Johnny's permission have collaborated to create a digital composition is based off these works that where exhibited in Darwin.
Sprout is a full service creative agency in Darwin CBD who specialise in brand management, graphic design, publishing, marketing strategies, indigenous communication, websites and cross media creative campaigns. Sprout are design partners of the Darwin Turf Club and the Carnival of colour.
Signcity (NT) is the most advanced sign fabrication and installation company in Darwin and prides itself in being the leader in vehicle wraps and signage. With a national award for quality and speed, a talented professionally trained crew that can handle any project from cars, boats, buses, trucks, planes and now a horse... there is nothing they can’t wrap
Horse: Spirit Horse (Milky Way)Location: Tourism Top End, Bennett Street Horse Information:
Journey of souls through the river of stars (Milky Way). The inspiration is family stories (my Grandfather's and Mother's story).
Spray paint and stencil
Put forward for this exhibition by Larrakia Nation, Palmerston Cultural and Family Centre
Gary is a Hairdresser by Trade. He has studied Dance and has danced with three dance companies in Australia. Gary was a recipient of the Australian Council Dance Board Fellowship. He is currently the Artist Director for Garrmalang Festival held in May 2017 at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. Currently working with Palmerston Culture and Family Centre doing Silk Screen Printing and other Arts. He is also the Artist Director/Choreographer for NT Dance Company.
Horse: Racing StripesLocation: Darwin Waterfront Horse Information:
I envisage a strikingly beautiful zebra of the black and white variety, garnished with an exquisite saddle blanket of the finest material that one can paint
My work is based on Frederik Du Chau’s 2005 masterpiece, Racing Stripes. Tears come to my eyes when I recall the struggle of Stripes, an abandoned zebra who dreams of being a champion thoroughbred race horse. This is the story of the underdog battling the odds and never giving up. But above all it’s a tale about being proud of who you are and what you can accomplish.
Rob Brown has lived in Darwin since 1998. During that time he has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Charles Darwin University (CDU). In 2010 he was selected to exhibit at Notfair, an alternative perspective on the Melbourne art fair in Melbourne. In the same year his etching Charles Darwin 1863, published by Northern Editions was selected for the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards.
Recently he has completed a residency in Beijing through the 24HR Art International Studio Residency Program. Rob's work has been selected in all the TogArt Contemporary Art Award since 2006 and is represented in the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and CDU art collections and many private collections.
Horse: Gypsy Location: Stokes Hill Wharf Horse Information:
Gypsy will be a stunning mosaic celebrating this year's Carnival of Colour!
Handmade ceramic tiles, commercial tiles and found pieces such as beads and jewellery
Ingrid is a practicing artist. She works in the mediums of sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, painting, drawing, collage and printmaking. She holds a studio at Tactile Arts and exhibits regularly in member's shows, group exhibitions and craft fairs.
Ingrid is also a tutor in hand built ceramics, tile making and mosaics at Tactile Arts. She holds weekly art classes for clients from Total Recreation (a disability service provider) and is involved in the Artist in Schools program working with children in remote communities of the NT as well as local Darwin schools.