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Take A Look Into The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s Mammoth Digital Program For 2020

By Rick Stephens
24th Jun 2020

A traditional Aboriginal dot painting consisting of a large circle in the middle, which is surrounded by smaller, similar shapes.

For the first time in its 14 year history, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is going digital. This year’s program aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and art enthusiasts with a place where they can connect and share their passion safely via a newly-designed online platform.

Foundation Executive Director, Claire Summers, believes that art’s ability to incite joy, hope and inspiration has never been so important and that DAAF’s format for 2020 creates a new ability to do so.

“Creativity can be expressed and shared in many ways, so moving beyond the boundaries of a physical fair made sense in 2020, particularly given our collective yearning for a sense of connection and meaning as we move out of lockdown,” said Ms Summers.

There are several aspects to 2020’s digital program, the first being The DAAF Public Program, which you’ll be able to find on DAAF’s social channels and website. This one covers off all corners of the arts with cultural performances, panel discussions, artists workshops and demonstrations—announcements on featured artists to be announced shortly.

The new platform will also create a link between art centres and art buyers, with 100% of sales going back to the centres, artists and their communities.

Then, there’s the Cultural Keepers program, which gives insight into the work of indigenous artists and curators. Through six online sessions, curators, senior art centre staff and guests from international indigenous Nations will share the stories behind various works from the festival.

The National Indigenous Fashion Awards are also a part of DAAF, where you can nominate Islander artists and fashion designers to showcase their vibrancy and diversity. The NIFAs will showcase some of the best talent in an awards ceremony broadcasted on digital channels this August.

DAAF takes place from Thursday 6 August to Friday 14 August. You can support artists, art centres and their communities by engaging in the event or making a donation to DAAF.

In the meantime, check out six of the best indigenous podcasts here.

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