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2021 DAAF Art Centre Registrations


Be part of the 2021 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair! 

Art Centre registrations are NOW OPEN!


The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, affectionately known as DAAF, celebrates the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Australia’s First Nations art and design. The only national event of its kind, DAAF has secured a reputation as one of the country’s most significant and internationally recognised arts events, attracting visitors from across the country and the globe!

 DAAFF continues to take no commission on art works sold, ensuring that 100% of all sales generated go directly back to your Art Centre, artists and community. Over the past six years, DAAF has generated over $14 million for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art sector.

 We thank you all for your patience in waiting for the announcement of this year’s registration process, and are thrilled to confirm that after consultation with our Art Centre members and Foundation Board, DAAF will return as a physical Fair in 2021, from the 6-8 August.

 Your safety is at the forefront of our planning, and the evolving Covid-19 pandemic has been a key consideration. DAAFF are confident that we can continue to deliver a vibrant and safe event this year, and are committed to staging our annual programs and activities to support the many people involved.



Darwin Convention Centre 

Exhibition Halls 1-4 

10 Stokes Hill Road 

Darwin, NT, 0800


Key Dates and Exhibition Times


2021 DAAF VIP Opening Ceremony & Industry Preview

  • Thursday, 5 August 2021, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

2021 DAAF will be open to the public on:

  • Friday, 6 August 2021 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday, 7 August 2021 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday, 8 August 2021 10am to 4pm

DAAF Bump-in and Bump-out

The venue will be open for you to bump-in on Thursday, 5 August 2021. There will be a compulsory Art Centre induction breakfast at 8.30am on the morning of bump-in. You will not be able to dismantle your booth before 4pm on Sunday, 8 August 2021


We now invite your Art Centre to register to participate!

Registrations strictly close on 16 April 2021


Checklist – things to prepare before you start 

You will need to gather the following items in preparation for submitting your registration:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Currency for Public Liability
  • Social media handles for your Art Centre (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • A 50 word blurb summarising your Art Centre
  • Your Art Centre Logo – This must be high resolution suitable for publication (minimum size: 1000 pixels width and/or height)
  • 1 x image of country OR artist working on country (minimum size: 1000 pixels width and/or height. Image must not have been submitted in past DAAF registrations
  • 1 x image of your Featured Artist (minimum size: 1000 pixels width and/or height. Image must not have been submitted in past DAAF registrations)
  • A 50 word blurb summarising your Featured Artist 1 x image of an artwork by your Featured Artist that will be for sale at the Art Fair* (minimum size: 1000 pixels width and/or height. Image must not have been submitted in past DAAF registrations)
  • 1 x image of artwork that will be for sale at the Art Fair (minimum size: 1000 pixels width and/or height. Image must not have been submitted in past DAAF registrations). Please supply the artist’s full name, title, year, dimensions and medium of artwork. If not possible to feature artwork for sale, please choose a piece that is indicative of artwork for sale by your artist and Art Centre.

More Ways to Get Involved:

Public Program

The vibrant Public Program runs alongside the Fair each year, with artist talks, masterclasses, material demonstrations, children’s activities, dance and cultural performances, and more! In 2021, we’re also introducing a year round digital program…

EOIs closed 31 March 2021

Cultural Keepers Program & Symposium

The Cultural Keepers: DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium creates a national meeting place – an annual platform to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators with remote community artists, Arts Workers, and their Art Centres.

EOIs closed 5 April 2021

Country to Couture

First Nations textiles and fashion collide in a colourful showcase of wearable art at the Country to Couture runway event. A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles and fashion design,  contemporary storytelling, and unique collaborations….

EOIs close 30 April 2021

National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA)

Launched in 2020, The NIFA provide a vibrant and exciting platform to recognise and celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector…

Nominations to open midyear, 2021

Image Credits | 1) Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists booth at the 2019 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, photo by Dylan Buckee. 2) Maicie Lalara, Ghost Net Baskets. Photo courtesy Anindilyakwa Arts. 3) Cultural Keepers 2019. Photo by Dylan Buckee. 4) Ngali, Country to Couture 2021 Melbourne, photo by Timothy Hillier. 5) National Indigenous Fashion Awards, photo by Georges Antoni for marie claire, featuring Legacy Dress by Peggy Griffiths.