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The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair celebrates its 10th year in August and Fifty Five Plus is proud to once again support this important showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait talent. This year the event doubles in size to encompass fashion, film and a panel discussion. I hope you can take time to attend this fabulous event and feast on the glorious array of indigenous art.
The event was created as a platform to promote the art works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as way to generate revenue for community needs. More than $8.5 million has been raised over the past nine years through showcasing the work of thousands of remote artists.
This year the event will marry contemporary fine art with textile design and take it to the catwalk, launching the Fair’s first fashion runway show, involving up to 15 Art Centres and designers. Northern Territory fashion guru Mehali Tsangaris, Director of NT Fashion Week will choreograph the event.
For the first time, the Fair will also showcase the evolving new film scene in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a special Indigenous film festival held in conjunction with Darwin’s iconic Deckchair Cinema. Kicking off with a special fundraising evening, the film festival will explore short films and emerging pieces of multi-media produced by Art Centres across the Territory and co-produced with the Darwin Film Society.
Chair of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Franchesca Cubillo said the Fair had become a cultural beacon by which to experience Indigenous culture in a truly authentic and genuine manner.
“We started from humble beginnings in 2007 with 16 Art Centres and have grown significantly to represent more than 50 Art Centres. Starting this Fair was about showcasing the diversity and quality of artwork and demonstrating how valuable Indigenous art and artistic storytelling is,” she said.
The panel discussion, to be held in the Darwin Convention Centre, will discuss modern ideas and issues surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Well known arts sector specialists will be involved.
Executive Director of the Fair, Claire Summers said this year’s event was expected set a record for attendance and sales, with the event becoming a fixture on the art calendar nationally and internationally.
“Our Art Centres are evolving with people’s needs, wants and desires to see more art across different mediums and styles, and we’ve progressed an incredible movement that will bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to more people across different industries of fashion and film,” she said.
“More than 9,500 people attended in 2015, with an increased presence of international visitors traveling to Darwin to snap up items created by the oldest living culture in the world.”
In 2015, more than $1.75 million in sales was generated over one weekend, an increase in revenue of 19 per cent on the year prior, with all money generated going back into Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
For further information visit www.darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au
For more information, please contact: Donna Pouw | Bastion Effect | 03 8419 9323 | 0423 418 536 | firstname.lastname@example.org
DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR PROGRAM
WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT WHEN: Friday 5 August, 10am – 4pm
Saturday 6 August, 10am – 5pm
Sunday 7 August, 10am – 4pm ENTRY: FREE
WORKSHOPS: 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm daily DANCING: 12pm daily
DAAFF FASHION RUNWAY SHOW WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT WHEN: Friday, 5 August 8pmENTRY: $45
DAAFF PANEL DISCUSSION WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT WHEN: Friday 5 August 8.30amENTRY: $15
DAAFF FILM FESTIVAL WHERE: Deckchair Cinema
About the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation is a not- for-profit organisation that represents over 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned Art Centres. Community Art Centres foster and encourage the creativity and contemporary creations of the oldest continuous living culture in the world.
The mission off the Foundation is to encourage the production of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and assist with its promotion in an ethical business environment. It is committed to professional development opportunities for artists and Arts Workers, and to continually contribute to the cultural aspirations of the Art Centres.