“The integration of new Djomi 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 of region for future generations.”
In January 2015 AWF responded to the request to assist with the preliminary design of a new ‘Welcome Precinct’ in the community of Maningrida, a small community in West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
The community has a fairly new ‘arts and culture’ complex, but the existing museum (Djomi) is old, small and not suitable for use. The proposed ‘Welcome Precinct’ project proposes an overall precinct plan for the area encompassing the arts centre, museum and surrounds, including conceptual designs for a new museum and landscaping. Principles such as the use of local materials, local labour, native plants and local skills were key to the development of the project.
Since the project’s inception in 2015 a number of AWF Network Partners have provided a comprehensive range of professional skills to the project. These include:
Conceptual Masterplan – Hayball
Developed Masterplan – Hassell
Landscape Masterplan – Tract
Engineering Services – Meinhardt Bonacci Group and LCI
Cost Control - WTPartnership
A transformed Djomi museum is envisioned at the new ‘Welcome Precinct’ site, integrated with the Maningrida Arts and Cultural Centre and relocated Babbarra Women’s Centre. The museum will provide an opportunity for local community members and visitors from outside the region to learn about the social, cultural and historical life in the region through live demonstrations and rich displays of art, artefacts and material culture. Furthermore, the new Museum will leverage institutional relationships for important research, and properly archived and digitised material.
Year: 2015 – Present
Status: Ongoing Project