Durrmu Arts provides a safe and neutral space for members of the community to engage with the arts and participate in professional development activities that promote culture and well being.
Since its beginning, Durrmu has been housed in a small demountable building behind the council office. However, recent expansion of programs, increased Indigenous employment and development of numerous major institutional partnerships mean that we are in a rapid state of change – and are in desperate need of infrastructural expansion more than ever before.
We believe that the creation of a new, regional cultural center will play a major role in the positive growth and development of the Peppi community. More than just a building – this new center will provide a functional, practical space for the expanding Durrmu Arts program, and come to represent a new, symbolic home for the people, artists and friends of the Peppi community.
Durrmu sees this opportunity not only as a beneficial move forward for Durrmu Arts – but an important ingredient in the long-term development of the wellbeing of our communities. With consideration of our rapid growth and of our strategic position within the region, we see the development of this new center as a necessity for the people of Peppimenarti and the surrounding communities.
We would like to raise upwards of $50,000 to put towards the expansion of our program and the development of this site. This new space will encompass a museum, a center for digital repatriation, a kids and adult educational resource centre, and a hub for the arts – and, most importantly, will offer greater access and employment opportunities to the people of the wider regional community.
Having this building will allow us to implement our process of strategic development, and engage stakeholders internally and externally to improve the educational, cultural and employment opportunities for the people of the region.
This will be a space for learning, a space for creating, and a space for community – all under one roof. Currently, there is no such facility in the area, and we would like to be at the forefront of this integral step towards building a sustainable future for Peppi.