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Joshua Bonson unveils painting for Starlight

Award-winning artist Joshua Bonson has unveiled his latest

work, Skin - Arafura Sea, at his outdoor studio in Fannie

Bay, Darwin.

Joshua, 30, created the artwork for the Darwin Star Ball to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation in the


“The community of Darwin has helped me to get to where I am today as an artist, so donating this painting is my way of giving back and helping children achieve their own brighter futures,” says Joshua.

The 200cm x 160 cm polymer painting on canvas is inspired by the ever-changing, clashing colours of the ocean and sunset at Fannie Bay.

Like his other paintings, Skin - Arafura Sea portrays Joshua’s Indigenous Jawoyn / Kala Laga Ya heritage and his totem, Saltwater Crocodile.

"The community of Darwin has helped me to get to where I am today as an artist, so donating this painting is my way of giving back and helping children achieve their own brighter futures."

“The ocean and skyline has cast its spell, stirred the emotions and inspired me to create Arafura Sea, my home. Everything is connected, the land, the water and us. Like the Crocodile we are saltwater people with an ancient lineage.”

“We’re so grateful to Joshua for donating this incredible piece of art, which is sure to fetch a handsome sum in the Live Auction. It will really help us to raise as much as we can for Starlight in the NT, with an overall target of $250,000” says Chairman Justin Coleman.

The 12th annual Paspaley Darwin Star Ball Havana Nights will be held Friday May 17 at the Darwin Convention Centre. Entertainment includes Justice Crew and Salsa Kingz. Since 2008, the Darwin Star Ball has raised $2.35 million for Starlight in the NT.

“Thanks to the generosity and commitment of The Paspaley Darwin Star Ball and the local community, Starlight is able to continue its hospital services and Captain Starlight program across the Northern Territory. Serious illness and hospitalisation can steal the joy of childhood. That’s where Starlight steps in, to brighten the lives of sick kids who need it most. The work we do to help sick kids just be kids is only made possible through the incredible support of events like The Paspaley Darwin Star Ball because happiness matters,” said Starlight CEO Louise Baxter.

This year’s Live Auction list also includes:

• A Brownlow Medal Experience

• An exclusive Top End Safari Camp Adventure

• A Shona Underwood painting

• Starry Nights Earrings by Sophia Paspaley

• Vintage Collection of Henschke Hill of Grace

View the full live auction list at

Live auction bidding occurs on the night only. Silent auction bidding is live now to the public.

Media contact:

Darwin Star Ball PR Michelle Coleman 0407 642 011

Starlight PR Nicole Campbell 0423 965 025


Every month, children and their families make almost 700 visits to the Starlight Express Room at Royal Darwin Hospital and over 200 at Alice Springs Hospital. This is in

addition to the 600 Territory children visited by Captain Starlight as they wait in hospital wards or the emergency department for treatment. Captain Starlight also travels to regional and remote areas across the NT visiting 600 children per month. Starlight granted five wishes to Territory children in 2018.

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