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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

Get your finger directly on the pulse of Indigenous arts at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF).

Now in its 11th year, this three-day bonanza of visual arts, workshops, film and fashion boasts a massive multi-arts program, all under the one very big roof. 

With a slow mosey around the fair you can tour over 60 Indigenous owned Community Art Centres from remote desert and coastal regions, to rural and urban communities. 

From your punter off the street, to international art collector, buying art here is a chance to support Aboriginal artisans at the source according to DAAF Foundation 
(DAAFF) chair Franchesca Cubillo.

“It’s imperative as a country we support authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, design and craft, and ensure artists are fairly remunerated for their incredibly unique talent,” says Cubillo.

This year the program looks at the intersection of contemporary Indigenous art and the world’s oldest continuing cultures.

Back by demand is the fashion show From Country to Couture – celebrating the fusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles with high-end fashion. There’s something big happening in this space, and you’ll want to check it out. 

The same goes for the prolific emerging multimedia scene showcased this year at the inaugural Indigenous Film Festival hosted by the Deckchair Cinema.  

Throw in art workshops for adults and hands-on kids’ art stations, and you’ve got a truly immersive, annual snapshot of our Aboriginal arts scene.

DAAF | Fri 11 & Sun 13 Aug, 10am-4pm | Sat 12 Aug, 10am-5pm

From Country To Couture – DAAFF Fashion Show | Wed 9 Aug | 7.30pm | SKYCITY Darwin

Jump aboard the Darwin Indigenous Art Hop On, Hop Off Bus on Sat 12 and Sun 13 Aug for free travel between DAAF and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Departs daily every 30 

Thumbnail image: Zugubal Dancer; image Shane Eecen

Header image: Mary Dhapalany, 'Pandanus Mat', screw palm pandanus spiralis; Bulabula Arts

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