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Cultural Keepers

DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium


Image: Cultural Keepers 2019. Photo by Dylan Buckee

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is once again, proud to present the Cultural Keepers: DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium.

The event was online, over nine days, from the 6-14 August 2020.

DAAFF acknowledges that there has been a steadily growing number of Australian Indigenous curators (emerging & established) who visit our event each year. We know that they play a crucial role in supporting, mentoring and encouraging the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists and Arts Workers that attend our event. We are also mindful that various projects and exhibitions are initiated and or developed, works of art are acquired, and public programming is developed as part of these conversations. The business of the broader sector is also discussed at our event.

DAAFF therefore recognises the need to create 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 over a focused three-day program. The prime vision 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.