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Cultural Keepers

DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and 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. 

Image: Cultural Keepers 2019. Photo by Dylan Buckee

Molly Miller, Walkapulkatjara, Acrylic on canvas, 91 x 91 cm, 2020, Photo courtesy of Ninuku Arts     

Expressions of Interest for 2021 are Now Open!

Be a part of the 2021 Cultural Keepers: DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program & Symposium

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is the premier showcase event for contemporary fine art, design and culture of Australia’s First Nation Peoples, hosting 70 Art Centres from across Australia! This year, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is proud to present the 2021 Cultural Keepers: DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium.

Where: Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory

When: 4-6 August 2021

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm ACST daily

The Cultural Keepers Program provides a national meeting place to network, build relationships, and share your experience and knowledge with other First Nations visual art professionals.

DAAFF warmly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators (both independent and from public institutions) and senior Art Centre staff to apply.

In 2021, DAAFF would also like to offer paid opportunities for curators to help facilitate elements of our Public Program during the Fair, including artist workshops and artist talks.

DAAFF now invites you to click on the button below to apply.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, to talk more about the program, and the different paid opportunities. You can email Shilo McNamee at  or call 08 8981 0576 for more information. 

Applications close COB 5 April 2021, with notification of successful applicants by 20 April 2021.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Explore our past Cultural Keepers programs

Cultual Keepers 2020
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Cultual Keepers 2019
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Cultual Keepers 2018
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Cultual Keepers 2017
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About Cultural Keepers

A National Meeting Place.

DAAFF acknowledges the growing number of Australian Indigenous curators (emerging & established) who visit our event each year, and the crucial role they play in supporting, mentoring and encouraging Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists and Arts Workers.

DAAF provides a place to come together to discuss the business of the broader sector. A place where conversations go on to initiate and develop various projects, exhibitions, public programming and works of art being acquired.

The prime vision of the Cultural Keepers program is to:

  • Bring Indigenous Curators from diverse backgrounds together to share their experiences and the projects they’ve been working on, and identify current priorities and strategies that strengthen the sector and increase audience engagement.
  • Build skills and the capacity of Indigenous Art Centre staff by assisting them in curating exhibition spaces, thus ensuring Art Centres learn how to showcase their work to the highest possible standards at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and beyond.
  • Build stronger relationships and support structures between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators, Art Centres and their staff and artists.



We thank the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation who has supported DAAFF in realising this vision.