AWF has been working with Rob Stent of Hayball Architects and the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) on the preliminary master plans of a 'Welcome Precinct' in the community of Maningrida, a small community in West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. This precinct plan also includes the siting of a new or upgraded museum to house the existing collection of the Djomi Museum.
Project Coordinator Ryan Moroney and Architect Rob Stent travelled to Maningrida in NT to inspect progress of the Welcome Precinct and discuss an exciting evolution of the precinct in the form of a new Djomi Museum.
BAC is looking to relocate the Djomi museum adjacent to the relocated Arts and Culture Centre. This New Djomi museum will re-cast the current displays add interactive, archival and educational spaces for BAC staff, Maningrida locals and visitors to enjoy. The planned archival and sacred storage spaces will allow future generations of Binninj people to reclaim significant aspects of their culture and identity. The museum displays and archives will be managed by relevant Binninj law, governance and cultural protocols. Meetings were held with key BAC staff and extensive time was spent discussing how the museum could enhance the Arts and Culture centre through careful integration. Some initial schematic sketches were made and discussed at length, resulting in BAC confident in being able to table the proposition with key local elders and the BAC board.
The project is currently unfunded and will use the work AWF does to build a compelling case for financial backing and in-kind support.
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