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Open Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am- 4pm, Sat: 9am - 2pm (Cafe open Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 3pm)


TROPICAL ANTICS: GREEN ANT LIGHT SCULPTURES Aboriginal Bush Traders (ABT) has installed a dazzling display of vibrant glowing green ants on the Seaview lawns of their home, the historic Lyons Cottage on the Darwin Esplanade. Excited by the launch of Bruce Munro’s Tropical light exhibition, ABT reached out to Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation’s talented Holtze Team to commission a large green ant that could glow at night. What they produced far outweighed all expectations, delivering a family of giant green ants that light up from abdomen to antennae. A spectacular installation that shines into the night and tells the ABT story, embedded in the ABT logo. The Holtze Team are a Community Development Program supported and run by Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, developing skills with a particular focus on construction, fabrication and manufacturing. Team members Daleighla Brock and Ben Worthington are the artists behind these luminescent sculptures. Both are proficient with metal working techniques and poured weeks of labour into realising the project. These iridescent light sculptures have been garnering quite a lot of attention from passers-by, particularly given the enthusiasm of the Tropical Light trail weaving its way through the Darwin CBD. They will be lit up from 6:30pm to 6:30am daily so be sure to swing by and bask in the glow. Culture – Enterprise – Opportunity.

Situated in the historical Lyons Cottage along the Esplanade, Aboriginal Bush Traders is fast becoming one of Darwin’s most unique attractions. A retail gallery selling authentic Indigenous products, ABT also houses a modern bush tucker cafe and function facilities.

Aboriginal Bush Traders is 100% not-for-profit and provides support to Indigenous people wanting to engage in economic activities in a sustainable way.

Our retail gallery offers a range of authentic products from artists and community art centres from across the Top End including: sculpture, paintings on canvas, carvings, clothing, weavings, drawings, music, books and jewellery.

Aboriginal Bush Traders, located in Lyons Cottage, is a blend of both Indigenous and European history. Built in 1925, Lyons Cottage was Darwin's first stone residence and formerly housed the British Australian Telegraph Company (which laid a submarine cable between Australia and Java). At different times it became the residence of both the mayor of Darwin and the US Army. Lyons Cottage is one of the few historical buildings to survive the WWII bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracey.

Aboriginal Bush Traders is open 9am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm Sat & Sun (Cafe open Mon - Fri from 7.30am - 3 pm)

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74 The Esplanade, Darwin NT 0800, Australia, Berrimah 0828

Phone 08 8931 6650
Mobile 0487007070


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