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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

The 2018 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) will welcome a record number of Indigenous owned and operated art centres from around the country. 

This year 76 centres will take over the Darwin Convention Centre and generate more than $2 million for the Indigenous art sector. 

There’s loads on the agenda across the weekend including cultural performances and story telling, workshops and demonstrations, a kids activity centre and the popular fashion show From Country to Couture.

Executive director Claire Summers says this year the fair will also host the parliamentary inquiry into fake Indigenous art, which was launched in response to the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign spearheaded by DAAF in 2016. 

“Not only can you immerse yourself in this rich cultural and artistic experience, it’s also a place for conversations to have robust outcomes and to think about the more difficult issues that are faced by Indigenous communities from right across the country,” she says. 

“DAAF is an important event where these serious conversations take place.” 

Summers says the annual event is a welcoming place to meet some of the 2000 artists who gather in Darwin for the fair and that you can be sure you’re buying Indigenous art ethically. 

“In many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, art sales are the main source of income – buying ethically and authentically ensures that we preserve and respect the world’s oldest living culture and a sustainable future for Australia’s Indigenous art industry,” she says.

Fri 10 – Sun 12 Aug | Darwin Convention Centre | See the event listing


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