Join us for the
11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair!

11-13 August 2017

Exhibition Times

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

Saturday, August 12th 2017
10am – 5pm: Exhibition open to the public
Sunday, August 13th 2017
10am – 4pm: Exhibition open to the public

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).

The artists workshops are free – donations are very welcome!

Cultural Performances

Friday, August 11
12.30pm – TBC
Saturday, August 12
12.30pm – TBC
Sunday, August 13
12.30pm – TBC

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 Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August 2017.

Public Speakers / Launches / Broadcasts


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

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 (TBA)

DAAF Panel Discussion

DAAF Panel Discussion will continue exploring the topic of “What is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art?”  The event will be researched and produced by Rose Hesp who is a former Executive Producer of Compass and the co-producer and writer of the 2003 Film Australia documentary “Lonely Boy”. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for the Indigenous arts sector, Art Centres and artists to explore this controversial topic in a public forum. It will also provide a deeper insight into Indigenous art and its many layers of complexity.

WHERE:          Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT (TBA)

WHEN:            Friday, 11th August 9.00am (TBA)

ENTRY:           $15 (tickets available at in July 2017)

From Country to Couture – DAAF Fashion Show

“From County to Couture – The DAAF 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, NT  – outdoor pavilion

WHEN: Wednesday, 9th August 2017, 7.30pm with canapes (drinks available at cash bar), show starts at 8pm (TBA)    

ENTRY: $45 (1 hour show with drinks and sales opportunities afterwards)

Tickets available at in July 2017

DAAF Film Festival at Deckchair Cinema 18-20 August 2017

Friday, August 18 2017: Film TBA

Saturday, August 19 2017: Program TBA

Sunday, August 20 2017: Film TBA

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

Tickets available at:


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


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


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