The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is unique in that it provides a genuine opportunity to purchase artwork directly from over sixty Indigenous owned community Art Centres, whilst being immersed in an exciting program of traditional dance, workshops, film, fashion and music!
Experience the rich diversity of these beautiful, unique works that have been inspired by the country’s most remote desert and coastal regions, to rural and urban communities.
This year the fair returns to the Darwin Convention Centre from Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August featuring film, fashion and a panel discussion as part of an expanded program that was piloted in 2016.
- Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair has built a reputation as the most prestigious and largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art fair the world, with international art collectors referring to the fair as the ‘Art Basel’ of Australian Indigenous art.
- DAAF will continue its famed art workshops with new children’s activity stations available this year, providing kids (and the young at heart!) with a range of hands-on activities to explore stories and art styles.
- As part of a piloted program in 2016, the fair will include a fashion show From Country to Couture and an Indigenous film festival at Deckchair Cinema.
- Rounding off the 2017 program, a panel discussion will explore the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement, two ‘watershed moments’ in Indigenous-Australian life and history with the discussion question ‘What impact have these two defining moments had, on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art?’
- As a not-for-profit organisation, all revenue generated from DAAF is returned to the Art Centres and their Indigenous communities to support the incredible work of Indigenous artisans.