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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - DAAF

by Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation

Overview of the Art Fair

Overview of the Art Fair

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), Australia’s largest and most prestigious Indigenous art event, returns in August 2019 following its biggest ever event in 2018, with record attendance from interstate and international visitors.

For the 13th year in a row, Darwin will be transformed into an internationally recognised epicentre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait (ATSI) art, culture, fashion, dance, music and food, bringing together more than 2000 artists from 70 unique Art Centres, with thousands of traditional and contemporary artworks available to purchase over the Fair’s major exhibition days on Friday 9, Saturday 10, and Sunday 11 August.

The participating Art Centres come from every corner of Australia, each representing their own unique and diverse culture, and 100 per cent of the sales generated at DAAF is returned to the Art Centres and their Indigenous communities.

In 2019, DAAF will again launch with the hugely popular ‘From Country to Couture’ fashion show on Wednesday 7 August, celebrating the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well-known Australian designers.

In 2019, DAAFF is excited to launch the Gorman Collection featuring Mangkaja Arts. DAAFF is also honoured to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Bima Wear, showcasing 5 decades of fashion along with their new collection!

DAAF is held annually in August, and is proud to align itself with the Garma Festival, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, National Indigenous Music Awards, and the Salon des Refusés. Together these art, culture and music events create a week of cultural excellence, and the most significant celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world.

DAAFF is a not for profit organisation with DGR1 status. The Foundation is owned and operated by a membership of ATSI Art Centres and its mission is to encourage the production of Aboriginal arts and assist with the promotion in an ethical business environment.

DAAFF is committed to professional development opportunities for artists and Art Workers, and to continually contribute to the cultural aspirations of the Art Centres.

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