2017 Program

2017 Program 2017-07-24T11:02:17+00:00

Join us for the
11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair!

11-13 August 2017

Exhibition Times – Free Entry

Friday, 11 August 2017
10am – 4pm: Exhibition open to the public

Saturday, 12 August 2017
10am – 5pm: Exhibition open to the public

Sunday, 13 August 2017
10am – 4pm: Exhibition open to the public
Where: Darwin Convention Centre. Open in Google Maps

Workshops and Demonstrations

Artist workshops and demonstrations will be held each day under in the exhibition halls, in the Darwin Convention Centre Forecourt and at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Friday, August 11

11.00am-3.00pm – Maruku Arts demonstrating Punu (Darwin Convention Centre Outdoors – near front entrance)

11.00am-3.00pm – Bula’bula Art demonstrating how to make men’s ceremonial skirts with kurrajong bark and handmade string from the sand palm and banyan tree making (Darwin Convention Centre, Halls 1, 2 & 3)

Saturday, August 12

11.00am-3.00pm – Baluk Arts making emu feather flowers (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, indoors)

11.00am-3.00pm – Tiwi Designs silk-screen printing workshop (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, outdoors)

11.00am-3.00pm – Kaeila Arts weaving with fibre and clay (Darwin Convention Centre, Halls 1, 2 & 3)

11.00am-3.00pm – Anindilyakwa Arts making rope and other woven artworks from and bush dyed fabric. Workshop will be led by the renowned Aly De Groote with artists Bernadette Watt and Annabell Amagula (Darwin Convention Centre Outdoors – near front entrance)

11.00am-3.00pm – Gab Titui Cultural Centre making wooden island combs (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, outdoors)

Sunday, August 13

11.00am-3.00pm – Warlukurlangu Artists painting with acrylics on canvas (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, indoors)

11.00am-3.00pm – Waringarri Aboriginal Arts carving Boab Nuts (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, outdoors)

11.00am-3.00pm – Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands watercolour workshop (presented at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, outdoors)

11.00am-3.00pm – Maruku Arts demonstrating Punu (Darwin Convention Centre Outdoors – near front entrance)

11.00am-3.00pm – Arlpwe Artists making canvas bookmarks with acrylics (Darwin Convention Centre, Halls 1, 2 & 3)

The artists workshops are free – donations are very welcome!

Cultural Performances

Friday, August 11
12.30pm – Waringarri Dancers (Supported by Waringarri Aboriginal Arts)

Saturday, August 12
12.30pm – Waringarri Dancers (Supported by Waringarri Aboriginal Arts)

Sunday, August 13
12.30pm – Red Flag Dancers from Numbulwar, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Kid’s Activity Stations

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair welcomes young people to be part of the new hand’s-on children’s activity stations. Kids can explore stories and art styles from different parts of Australia: Desert, Arnhem land, Savannah and coastal regions. Make a shell necklace, mix some ochre, learn about traditional designs and experiment with new colourful styles.  

FREE and open to all ages.

Bus Tour of Darwin Galleries

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory are collaborating together once again to present the Darwin Indigenous Art Hop On, Hop Off, Bus”. The free service will run between the Museum and the DAAF every 30mins on Saturday, 12th August and Sunday, 13th August.

Public Speakers / Launches / Broadcasts

Daily

Desart presents its 2016 Desart Art Worker Photography Prize in the Darwin Convention Centre Foyer

Radio Larrakia 94.5FM broadcasts live from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

Art Collector presents the 11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair mini magazine, the 2017 Art Collector Guide to Indigenous Art Centres, and the Art Collector, Issue 81 (July-September 2017) edition

Indigenous Art Code presents “Fake Art Harms Culture” – an interactive display that teaches visitors about how to ethically purchase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

“Parrtjima – A Festival in Light” presented by NT Major Events, showcases the stunning skirts from Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

Caring for Artworks – Indigenous arts workers and Melbourne University conservator demonstrate handy techniques to keep artworks in great condition.  Presented by ANKA.

DAAFF Panel Discussion

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) acknowledges that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (granting Indigenous peoples the right to be counted as Australians for the first time) and the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement – two ‘watershed moments’ in Indigenous-Australian life and history. To celebrate these two significant anniversaries the DAAFF panel discussion interrogates the question:

“What impact have these two defining moments had, on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art?”

It is a question that’s not as simple as it appears. The discussion will illuminate the ongoing resistance, resilience, creativity and boldness of contemporary Indigenous art across Australia.

Documentary maker, Trevor Graham, will be producing the 2017 panel discussion. He has a expertise in Indigenous issues and art. His is known for films such as: MABO: Life of an Island Man, Dancing in the Moonlight, From Little Things Big Things Grow, Aeroplane Dance, Sugar Slaves, Lonely Boy Richard, Painting the Town, and Monsieur Mayonnaise which was selected for this year’s Berlin Film Festival! Trevor is a former Commissioning Editor at SBS Factual, former Executive Producer of Message Stick at ABC TV and headed up the documentary strand at Australian Film, Television and Radio School for 5 years.  More recently, Trevor produced the ABC Radio program with Gail Mabo for AWAYE! commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Mabo judgement.

The discussion will be moderated by Franchesca Cubillo (DAAFF Chair and the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art for the National Gallery of Australia). Our panellists include:

  • Gail Mabo
  • Djon Mundine OAM
  • Marcia Langton AM

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Halls 1,2 & 3

WHEN: Friday, 11 August 2017

TIME: 9.00 am 

ENTRY: $15

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From Country to Couture – DAAFF Fashion Show

“From County to Couture – The DAAFF Fashion Show” celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high end fashion. The success of textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well know Australian designers. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation felt it was time to showcase this exciting couture at a national level.

The inaugural runway show was presented in 2016 as part of the 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair celebrations and the stunning Magnolia Maymuru from East Arnhem Land headlined the catwalk.

We are so excited to present the fashion show again in 2017!

WHERE:SKYCITY Darwin, Beach side Pavilion 

WHEN:Wednesday, 9 August 2017

TIME: 7.30pm for an 8pm start  

ENTRY:$50 for seated tickets, $35 for standing room only. (1.5 hour show with canapes to start, cash bar, and sales opportunities afterwards).

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DAAFF Film Gala at Deckchair Cinema: 19-20 August 2017

Saturday, 19 August 2017: 

The “Namatjira Project Documentary” will be a featured film at the 2017 DAAFF Film Gala.

The screening of the documentary will be the key component of the gala evening, which will also include a panel discussion after the film.

The panel will include members of the Namatjira family and intellectual property copyright experts.

DAAFF also intends to include a masterclass water colour workshop with members of the Namatjira family, food stalls, and a music performance.

This multifaceted event will offer audiences a deeper level of engagement with the rich themes that are presented in the film including; copyright, reconciliation, justice, citizenship, intercultural partnership, exploitation, and the power of friendship.

WHERE: Deckchair Cinema, Darwin

WHEN: Saturday, 19 August 2017

TIME: Doors open from 6pm. Screening of film will commence at 7.30pm

ENTRY: $25 – tickets at the door and online:

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Sunday, 20 August 2017: 

Come and support our fundraising evening! We will be presenting the Northern Territory’s premier screening of “Ella”.

In October 2012, Ella Havelka became the first Indigenous dancer to be invited into The Australian Ballet in its 50 year history. It was an announcement that made news headlines nationwide. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, we follow Ella’s inspirational journey from the regional town of Dubbo and onto the world stage of The Australian Ballet. Featuring intimate interviews, dynamic dance sequences, and a stunning array of archival material, this moving documentary follows Ella as she explores her cultural identity and gives us a rare glimpse into life as an elite ballet dancer within the largest company in the southern hemisphere.

WHERE: Deckchair Cinema, Darwin

WHEN: Sunday, 20 August 2017

TIME: Doors open from 6pm

ENTRY: $16 – tickets at the door and online:

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A collection of short films from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres will be showcased before each feature film

DAAF was originally conceived and designed to complement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).  DAAF also celebrates the National Indigenous Music Awards and the Garma Festival which are also held over the same week.

Together, these prestigious events mark the most significant national festival of  national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in the world.

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When: Friday, 11 August 2017
Where: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Time: 5.30pm
Tickets: Free event

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When: 4-7 August.
Where: Near the township of Gove in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory
Tickets: Available through the garma.com.au website.

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When: 12 August 2017
Where: The Amphitheatre, Darwin Botanical Gardens, NT
Tickets: Available through the Darwin Festival website.