Welcome to Art in the Park, Niki McDonald is also known as Tapestry Girl.  Niki’s work can also be viewed on her Facebook page or Instagram

Niki won the 2014 Waverley Art Prize for Mixed Media with her Tapestry work ‘Domestic Bliss’. Niki says her Pop Art style reflects “…the design elements of tagging, graffiti and ripped layered bill posters that are omnipresent in every neighborhood, laneway and city.” She also calls out the irony in her work and medium “…street art is fast, contemporary and masculine. Tapestry is slow, traditional and feminine.”

Niki’s work ‘Harbour Beach’ is featured on our posters for Art in the park below. Come and meet Niki and see her works in person this August.Niki Art Poster

ART IN THE PARK is an annual event sponsored by Woolahra Council.  Lyne Park is a beautiful venue to meet with family and friends. It is free and there is a great mix of food, music and art.

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We visit two galleries in Darwin:  The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and The Yirrkala Drawings at CDU.ABORIGINAL ART GALLERY

CDU Art Gallery

SHOWING 7 August – 3 October 2014

In 1947, 27 senior ceremonial leaders at Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land produced 365 vibrant crayon drawings on butchers paper for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. Yirrkala Drawings features a comprehensive selection of 81 of these culturally and artistically significant works, returning to the Northern Territory as one ensemble for the first time in 67 years.  This Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia, Perth, is presented by the CDU Art Gallery in association with Darwin Festival and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and Festivals NT.

A comprehensive online resource featuring background information, learning guide and interviews can be viewed at


The eighth annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) returns on Friday 8 August to Sunday 10 August 2014, showcasing some of Australia’s most unique contemporary Indigenous artworks in a raw and hands on experience.

Painting by Renee Long

Featuring works from more than 40 community owned and operated Art Centres from across Australia, DAAF will take place on Larrakia lands at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Art lovers will have the opportunity to meet and engage with participating Indigenous artists through interactive workshops and live artistic demonstrations that celebrate their vibrant culture. Visitors will also be entertained daily with traditional dance performances and cultural activities.

DAAF Foundation Chair, Franchesca Cubillo, said there is no doubt as to why the event is considered the largest and most renowned national Indigenous art fair in Australia and continues to flourish after eight years of operation.Katjarra Butler Wirunya_Tjarlirli Arts

“The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair showcases the rich culture and identity of Indigenous Australians and gives visitors the opportunity to experience truly living art through experiences that encourage them to touch and feel the raw, authentic fabric of our rich culture,” says Cubillo.

On show will be a vibrant exhibition of contemporary art presented by the various affiliated Art Centres. The DAAF will showcase artworks from emerging and senior artists who have been inspired by their culture, country, life experiences, and spirituality. Pieces are priced from $5 through to $15,000. There is something at DAAF for everyone.  Painting by Katjarra Butler

Held in August, the Fair coincides with other Darwin-based cultural events as the city comes alive with visitors interested in experiencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Key events include: the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (8 August – 26 October), the Darwin Festival (7-24 August) and the National Indigenous Music Awards (15 August).

DETAILS: Event showcasing the contemporary art of over 40 Indigenous art centres from across Australia

WHEN:   Friday 8 August to Sunday 10 August2014

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin OPENING TIMES:

  • Friday 8 August: 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 9 August: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 10 August: 10am to 4pm

KEY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:  Bornwyn Nampijinpa Sampson_Water Dreaming_Warnayaka Art Centre

  • Opening Ceremony with special guest performers and speakers, Thursday 7th August at 5.30pm
  • Traditional dancers to perform at 12.30pm daily
  • Indoor and outdoor artist workshops twice daily including weaving, bark painting, painting with watercolour and acrylic, boab carving, textile design and natural ochre preparation
  • Entry to the DAAF is free of charge.  Painting above – Bronwyn Nampijnpa

For further information visit

Kevin Daly | Undertow Media | 03 8419 9314 | 0421 188 589 |

Nat Burcul | Undertow Media | 03 8419 9321 | 0401 919 927 |

The feature painting is by Ivy Pareroultja.