Maningrida Arts and Culture Project

Maningrida , Northern Territory, Australia

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Client : Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation
Current Status : Sketch Design


Architects without Frontiers is proud to be working with the The Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation on the Maningrida Arts and Culture project. The BAC is a progressive Aboriginal corporation and major service provider based in Maningrida, representing the Aboriginal people of the homelands and 32 outstations surrounding Maningrida in West Arnhem Land.
The BAC feel the timing is right to significantly improve and expand the existing Maningrida Arts and Culture infrastructure. The integration of new a New Artefacts Museum, expansion of the Babbarra Women’s Centre with a remodelled Maningrida Arts and Culture Facility is an exciting development for the Maningrida community and will be key to preserving the rich cultural history, local languages, and supporting current and new artists of the region.

Update 2017 - Maningrida Arts and Culture Scoping

Following the development of the ‘Welcome Precinct’ vision, initial investigation of Djomi Museum in 2016 and subsequent landscape works, the next stage of development is the construction and relocation of A New Artefacts Museum and New Babbarra Women’s Centre to the existing Art and Cultural Precinct. A consultant team from the AWF Supporter Network was formed, and in August 2017 Architect Robert Stent, Madeline Joyce (Hassell), Mark Loughnan (Hassell), Ryan Moroney (AWF), and Esther Charlesworth visited Maningrida for a week of intensive engagement, design workshops and site investigation. The team has since been working hard on an initial scoping design report to be completed in early 2018.
AWF Supporter Network Partners: Hassell, Hayball, Tract, LCI Consultants, Bonacci, Grocon.
In-kind cost planning support: WT Partnership.

Update 2016 - Djomi Museum Investigation

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation contacted AWF in early 2016 to begin initial scoping work for the New Djomi Museum. The existing Djomi Museum has gone a considerable way to preserving and protecting the local Indigenous knowledge, artifacts and artworks. However, the current museum is undersized, suffering insect infestations, has failing fittings and fixtures and sub-standard climate control to protect the displays. Consequently, the precious artefacts are under serious threat. In July 2016, initial schematic work has been completed on site in Maningrida by AWF in collaboration with architect, Robert Stent.

Update 2015 - 'Welcome Precinct' Development

Architects without Frontiers responded to an invitation by Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation in late 2014 to help develop a vision for the ‘Welcome Precinct’ and provide an overall precinct plan for the area encompassing the Arts and Cultural Centre, relocated Djomi Museum, expanded Babbarra Women’s Centre and surrounds. Working with Hayball architects, the vision for the ‘Welcome Precinct’ proposed a connected entry sequence and landscape works between the Maningrida Arts and Cultural Centre and adjacent Maningrida airport. The initial landscaping and accessibility upgrades were completed in 2016.  




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