Darren Blackman

Cairns | Sunshine Coast | Aurukun

I make things, after watching and thinking properly, really seeing what's going on. ”

A proud Gureng Gureng\Gangalu man with maternal South Sea heritage (from Vanuatu), Blackman was born in Nambour in 1971.

With a range of practical skills and approaches to art making, Blackman generally specialises in printmaking and ceramics but also undertakes improv performance, music and painting. He has wide experience in the arts, as a musician but also as a stage manager and sound technician for cultural festivals from Woodford to Winds of Zenadth Kes festival on Thursday Island. He assisted students as studio technician at Cairns TAFE and is currently working for the senior artists at the Wik and Kugu Art Centre in Aurukun.



Darren Blackman

Expose the Gap

02.03.2020 — 18.04.2020

Arone Meeks | Billy Missi | Brian Robinson | Claudine Marzik | Danish Quapoor | Darren Blackman | David Jones | Dian Darmansjah | Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre | Hannah Murray | Hannah Parker | InkMasters Cairns | Joel Sam | Jonathan McBurnie | Laura Castel | Laurel McKenzie | Lenore Howard | Lynelle Flinders | Michael Marzik | Moa Arts | Mollie Bosworth | Napolean Oui | Neil Binnie | Peter Morrison | Rhi Johnson | Rhonda Stevens | Tamika Grant-Iramu | Robert Tommy Pau

NorthSite Art Market | Print Edition

17.12.2021 — 12.02.2022


10:30 am — 2:00 pm

29 February — 29 February 2020


General Event

Bulmba-Ja Community Welcome Day

Come and celebrate the opening of Cairns' revitalised arts centre - Bulmba-ja. Bulmba-ja (formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts) is a theatre, gallery and creative development space that plays a vital role in the thriving Cairns arts scene. Bulmba-ja supports Far North Queensland arts and culture with a focus on showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal […]


6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

28 March — 28 March 2020

Opening Event

NorthSite Artists’ Party – POSTPONED

Following 18 months of renovation and transformation, we're home!!! New spaces and fresh faces with an everlasting commitment to creativity and community. The NorthSite Artists' Party brings the arts community together under this one roof again. The Centre of Contemporary Arts has been transformed by the State Government into Bulmba-ja - an inclusive new incubator […]