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DAAF 2021

Online Public Program

While the physical Fair we know and love isn’t going ahead as usual – there are still plenty of amazing cultural experiences to engage in online! Take your pick of the incredible Artist Masterclasses or join one of our FREE Artist Talks running from the 6-11 August.

Learn from artists working on Country, beamed directly to your living room!

Be sure to book your tickets – places fill up fast.

Here’s your day by day guide of what’s on:

 

FRIDAY 6 AUGUST

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

6 AUGUST – SOLD OUT

Lino Carving

with the Babbarra Women’s Centre

Learn to carve and print lino with the artists of the Babbarra Women’s Centre! Artists will teach participants how to carve their own lino with a design that is meaningful to the participant. The lino print on fabric process with be demonstrated and then participants will be given the opportunity to print on fabric participants will have the opportunity to explore various layouts and repeat methods along with colour layering.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Friday, 6 August 2021

TIME: 10am – 12pm ACST

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

6 AUGUST –  SOLD OUT

Painting

with the Artists of Ampilatwatja

Artists will guide participants in techniques to paint bush medicine plants using locally sourced flowers and native grasses. Learn techniques to paint bush medicine plants using locally sourced flowers and native grasses under the expert guidance of artist Kathleen Rambler.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Friday, 6 August 2021

TIME: 1pm – 3pm ACST 

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

FREE ARTIST TALK

6 AUGUST

Art Centres Keep our Elders Strong and Connected: A Good News Story

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

Please join us to launch new research that recognises and celebrates the vital role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled Art Centres are playing to keep older artists strong and connected.

The research outcomes will be shared in a short film and formally launched by the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians. Artists who have been central to generating the research will share their experiences.

The outcomes were created in partnership with Tjanpi Desert Weavers – of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, Ikuntji Artists, and Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Friday, 6 August 2021

TIME: 3:15pm – 4:15pm ACST 

ENTRY: FREE

SUNDAY 8 AUGUST

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

8 AUGUST  – SOLD OUT

Ailan ‘One Twist’ weaving 
with Moa Arts

Ailan one twist’ weaving from Moa Arts. Based on traditional weaving techniques from the Torres Strait, in this workshop you’ll use raffia and sea cord in a ‘twining’ process to make soft, colourful bags and baskets. This technique is similar to the methods used to make wicker and bamboo baskets but the brilliant colour and flexibility of raffia allows for a far greater range of organic forms.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Sunday, 8 August 2021

TIME: 1pm – 3pm ACST 

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

MONDAY 9 AUGUST

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

9 AUGUST – SOLD OUT

Aboriginal Jewellery Making
with Arlpwe Artists

Discover Aboriginal jewellery making with Arlpwe Artists. Learn how to make your own bracelet, with a rich variety of seeds they collected in Ali Curung Community. Participants will learn of The workshop will start by a presentation of jewellery making in Ali Curung and a talk about the specificity of the seeds found around the community.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Monday, 9 August 2021

TIME: 10am – 12pm ACST

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

9 AUGUST – SOLD OUT

Coiled Basket, Weaving Masterclass
with Injalak Arts

Sit and work with senior female weavers from Injalak Arts as they lead a masterclass in traditional weaving with Pandanus. Work with your own ‘follow along supply kit’, containing everything you’ll need to participate and make your own stunning basket!

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Monday, 9 August 2021

TIME: 1pm – 3pm ACST

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

10 AUGUST – SOLD OUT

Ghost Net Doll Making
with Anindilyakwa Arts

Join artists from Umbakumba Community Groote Eylandt, in this family friendly workshop to weave your own doll from recycled fishing net!

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

TIME: 9.30am – 11.30am ACST 

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

FREE ARTIST TALK

10 AUGUST

Artist Talk : Exhibitions and Projects
with Indigenous Art Centre Alliance

Hear from the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) about the ‘Belonging’ art development project that culminates in an exhibition at the National Museum of Canberra. September 2021.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

TIME: 12pm – 12.45pm ACST

ENTRY: FREE, limited tickets available

FREE ARTIST TALK

10 AUGUST

Artist Talk: Art & Fashion Projects

Join artists from walantanalinany palingina, Babbarra Women’s Centre, Anindilyakwa Arts and Agency to hear about exciting new projects across the country!

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

TIME: 1.30pm – 2.15pm ACST

ENTRY: FREE,  limited tickets available

FREE ARTIST TALK

10 AUGUST

Artist Talk : Aboriginal Screen-Printed textiles from Australia’s Top End

Hear from Dr Joanna Barrkman, and key artist contributors to this ground breaking publication!

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

TIME: 3pm – 3.45pm ACST

ENTRY: FREE,  limited tickets available

WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

11 AUGUST – SOLD OUT

Watercolour Painting 
Watercolour Painting with the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

Join acclaimed artists from Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre, in a watercolour landscape Masterclass. Learn how to paint the beautiful desert sky, the MacDonnell Ranges, and the iconic white gumtrees. By the end of the masterclass you will have your own work on paper in watercolour.

WHERE: ONLINE

WHEN: Wednesday, 11 August 2021

TIME: 1pm – 3pm ACST

ENTRY: $80, limited tickets available

And There is More…

Take a look at our First Nations fashion & textile events:

FASHION

3 AUGUST

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FASHION AWARDS

National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector. The award ceremony presents awards across six categories.

WHERE: NITV Facebook Broadcast

WHEN: Tuesday, 3 August 2021

TIME: Streaming from 6.30pm ACST

FASHION

4 AUGUST

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…

WHERE: Darwin Convention Centre, Waterfront Rooms [View Map]

WHEN: Wednesday, 4 August 2021

TIME: Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start (ASCT)

ENTRY: $55-$85 Tickets via Darwin Festival

Recent DAAF News

Practising Art – Weaving and Ghost Net Work

Practising Art – Weaving and Ghost Net Work

We’re talking weaving, an incredibly expansive category, encompassing myriad traditional techniques passed down for millennia. It also features an amazingly diverse array of materials sourced on Country, from the palm-like pandanus plants of the north, to the tjanpi (grasses) of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands in the central desert, to discarded fishing nets and other marine debris, transformed by communities in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait. This one’s a truly great yarn – let’s dive in!

Practising Art – Carving, Bark and Woodwork

Practising Art – Carving, Bark and Woodwork

Today, we’re talking carving, bark and woodwork. Work in this field is simply stunning, and sees practitioners taking on traditional making techniques that have been around for millennia, translating them into incredible contemporary works of art. Let’s carve it out.