After spending 2020 in lock-down we are super excited to bring you the third ever National Indigenous Art Fair. Taking place over the weekend of July 3-4, The National Indigenous Art Fair will see Indigenous artists from all over Australia coming together for a two day Art-Market and program of events to celebrate NAIDOC week.
NIAF is an ethical marketplace, offering a unique opportunity to buy artworks directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from remote community-owned art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia including: APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, APY Lands, SA) Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Ali Curung, NT) Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT) Arts Ceduna (Ceduna, SA) Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff, NT) Munupi Arts And Craft Association (Melville island, NT) Nayri Niara (Tasmania) Numbulwar Numburindi Arts + Durrmu Arts (Numbulwar Community NT) Spinifex Hill Studio (South Hedland WA ) Tjanpi Desert Weavers ( Alice Springs NT) Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjarra Art (Tjukurla Community, WA ) Wangaba Roebourne Art Group (Roebourne, W.A) Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu, NT) Warnayaka Art & Cultural Aboriginal Corporation (Lajamanu, NT) Wei'Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Crafts Corporation (Qld) With additional communities still being confirmed.
Where is the National Indigenous Art Fair?
The 2021 National Indigenous Art Fair will take place at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney's historic 'The Rocks' district, from 10am to 5pm Saturday July 3rd, and 10am to 4pm Sunday July 4th, 2021. The Rocks is widely recognised as one of Sydney's most magnificent areas, sitting in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge featuring cobble stone paths, winding alleys and weekend markets, its no doubt this location will enhance the weekend experience for all involved.
Entry is by gold coin donation to support First Hand Solutions’ Aboriginal youth programs and The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay.
NAIDOC 2021 - Heal Country, Heal our Nation.
In the spirit of the 2021 National NAIDOC theme Heal Country, Heal our Nation, the event will also feature a vibrant program of live music and Aboriginal dance performances, an Indigenous sculpture walk, weaving circles and more than 25 Blak Markets stallholders from around New South Wales selling art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and Indigenous bush food and plants. NIAF 2021 follows the successful 2019 fair, which hosted 30 remote art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and West Australia, 25 Aboriginal stallholders from around New South Wales, and attracted 10,000 visitors over two days. This third annual event is presented by National Indigenous Art Fair founders, Sydney based First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, in proud partnership with: the Port Authority of NSW, the Australia Council, University of Technology, Sydney, the City of Sydney, and support from the federal government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.
Who is this event suited to and how does it benefit the community?
National Indigenous Art Fair 2021 is suitable for all ages and all personalities. This is an Art Fair that truly engages all five senses and gives you a unique opportunity to connect to 40,000 years of Indigenous Australian History while providing much needed support and backing to the remote communities and special individuals that keep these traditions alive.
In the lead up to NIAF, more than 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will travel to Sydney, thanks to support from First Hand Solutions’ Heart in Art program, which provides economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities as well as NSW, Tasmania and Queensland. First Hand Solutions CEO, Peter Cooley said, “The National Indigenous Art Fair is a unique opportunity to meet artists from some of Australia’s most isolated communities and browse a huge variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and hear the stories of this art directly from the markets.” “We feel privileged to host these incredible artists in Sydney, and to provide a platform for them to promote and sell their artworks, and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices. We are pleased to be adding sculpture to this year's event to highlight remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists’ unique contribution to this artform.”
This third annual event is presented by National Indigenous Art Fair founders, Sydney based First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, in proud partnership with: the Port Authority of NSW, the Australia Council, University of Technology, Sydney, the City of Sydney, and support from the federal government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.