The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, affectionately known as DAAF, is the only national event of its kind and has secured a reputation as one of the country’s most significant internationally recognised arts events.
Showcasing the contemporary fine art and design of more than 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres from across Australia, DAAF is held annually each August in Darwin, on Larrakia Country – and is now also online!
DAAF provides a unique opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design lovers, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres.
The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists, featuring stunning art inspired by Australia’s most varied locations – from remote desert and coastal regions, to rural and urban communities. A wide range of styles, mediums and products are presented and available for purchase: paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture, didgeridoos, fibre art and cultural regalia.
DAAF also provides a creative space for visitors to meet artists in person, to learn about Australia’s rich diverse cultural groups and to be immersed in our country’s evolving contemporary Indigenous art scene.
DAAF boasts a vibrant program of artist workshops, spectacular traditional dance performances, children’s activity stations, film, fashion and more… guaranteeing a memorable experience for all who attend.
Come and engage with the contemporary creations of the oldest continuous living culture in the world!
DAAF is the signature event from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF), a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation that is owned and governed by the Art Centres it represents, that celebrates the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres.
The Fair was originally conceived to complement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). It also celebrates the National Indigenous Music Awards and Garma Festival and proudly sits under the umbrella of the Darwin Festival. These prestigious events are held in the same period and together, mark the most significant national festival of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in the world.
About Our Foundation
Celebrating the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres, DAAF Foundation is a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation, owned and governed by the Art Centres it represents…
What is an Art Centre?
Art Centres play an important role in maintaining and strengthening cultural practices. They operate as meeting places and offer opportunities for training, education, career pathways and enterprise…