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NAIDOC Art Fair


  • Overseas Passenger Terminal 130 Argyle Street The Rocks, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)
 Photography: by Lyndsay Urquhart - Marlene Rubuntja from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists.

Photography: by Lyndsay Urquhart - Marlene Rubuntja from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists.

The iconic Blak Markets is set to host the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks, Sydney on 30 June and 1 July 2018, to kick off celebrations ahead of NAIDOC Week 2018.

Held across two days, the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair offers remote Indigenous art centres and artists the opportunity to promote and sell their work in Sydney.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from more than 20 remote art centres in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit, sell and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices.

Artists will travel to Sydney from art centres including:

• APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, APY Lands, SA)
• Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT)
• Bábbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida NT)
• Bula’Bula Art (Ramingining, NT)
• Ernabella Arts (Pukatja Community, APY Lands, SA)
• Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts (Gapuwiyak, NT)
• Ikuntji Artists (Indulkana Community, APY Lands, NT)
• Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre (Alice Springs, NT)
• Iwantja Arts (Indulkana Community, APY Lands, SA)
• Kaltjiti Arts (Fregon Community, APY Lands, SA)
• Martumili Artists (Newman, WA)
• Mimili Maku Arts (Mimili Community, NT)
• Munupi Arts (Tiwi Islands, NT)
• Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs, NT)
• Tjala Arts (Amata Community, APY Lands, SA)
• Tjarlirli Art & Kaltukatjara Art (Tjarlirli Community, NT)
• Tjanpi Desert Weavers (Amata, SA)
• Tjungu Palya Arts (Nyapari Community, SA)
• Warakurna Artists (Warakurna Community, NT)
• Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu, NT)
• Warmun Art Centre (Warmun, WA)
• Warnayaka Art Centre (Lajamanu, NT)
• Yarrenyty Altere (Alice Springs, NT)

The vibrant market will also feature more than 30 stalls from around New South Wales selling art, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and Indigenous food and beverages. As part of the packed program, watch bush tucker cooking demonstrations with Jody Orcher of Shared Knowledge and Indigenous hospitality identity Aunty Beryl Van Oploo; join Indigenous weavers, Iluwanti Ken of Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Nyunmiti Burton of Tjala Arts, Jennifer Ingkatji of Ernabella Arts, and local weavers to try your hand at the traditional craft; let Iltja Ntjarra

Many Hands Art Centre artists Mervyn Rebuntja and Benita Clements demonstrate how to use watercolours to paint in the ‘Hermannsburg School’ style made famous by their grandfather and relative, Albert Namatjira – one of Australia’s most famous 20th century artists; watch Warmun artist Marika Riley demonstrate painting with ochre and pigments on canvas, and learn to grind and mix ochre into paints that can then be used on your own artwork.

In the spirit of the 2018 National NAIDOC Theme 'Because of her, we can!', the two-day event includes an all-female line-up of live music by the Stiff Ginns, Triple J Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative winner in 2017 Rebbeca Hatch, Mi-Kaisha and Maddison Lyn, with dance performances by Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and Redfern Dance Company.

The National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair is presented by the Blak Markets, a social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions, and is supported by the Australia Council and the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in proud partnership with the Port Authority of NSW.

Event: National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair
Date: Saturday, 30 June – Sunday, 1 July 2018
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Entry: Free
For more info visit: www.blakmarkets.com

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