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Want to be part of the 2022 DAAF Public Program?

Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN

The Darwin Aborignial Art Fair is set to return to Larrakia Country at the Darwin Convention Centre this 5-7 August 2022 –  and with it – the vibrant Public Program of artist talks, masterclasses, material demonstrations, children’s activities, dance and cultural performances, and more!

Once again, we’re calling out for Expressions of Interest to take part in our annual Public Program that runs alongside the Fair, AND to be part of the new Digital Program of events throughout the year!

There are many ways for you and your Art Centre to take part, share your craft, culture and stories. Take a look below, and head to the online EOI form to get started.

Ways to get involved in the 2022 Public Program…

Dance & Cultural Performances

Daily dances and cultural performances are a huge feature of the DAAF Public Program, drawing crowds to the centre sand pit area, at the Darwin Convention Centre to be immersed in the moves of dancers from across Australia.

Artist Masterclasses

Artist masterclasses provide audiences with the opportunity to meet your Art Centre’s amazing artists and learn first hand about Indigenous art practices, culture and your community. The DAAF Public Program will support up to six artist masterclasses.

Children’s Activity Station

Featuring hands-on learning opportunities for kids aged 5-12, these workshops are designed to be an immersive and educative introduction to Indigenous art and culture. Children have the opportunity to meet your Art Centre’s artists and learn about different artistic techniques.

Artist Talks

DAAF will host an afternoon series of four talks about the current issues and successes in the Indigenous arts industry. These discussions will be moderated by an Indigenous Curator and the panel will consist of up to four speakers, with an audience Q&A at the end of the session.

NEW - Natural Materials Demonstration

Inviting Art Centre demonstrations that showcase the preparation and uses of plant based products and their links to the artwork exhibited at the Fair. From pandanus and natural dyes through to bush medicines and more! 

We are also looking for demonstrations about works on paper, and sculptural/carving. This is an opportunity to educate audiences about the cultural significance, preparation and uses of materials that feature prominently in an artist’s work.

Demonstrations will be presented in partnership with an artwork conservator (appointed by DAAFF) who will speak to the proper care for the artworks.

NEW - the End of Fair Concert!

DAAF will host an ‘End of Fair’ concert from 3-4 pm on the 7 August at the centre hall stage. We recognise that Art Centres are vibrant and exciting hubs, often artists will rehearse their bands at the Centres, or record their material in Art Centre media centres. We encourage Art Centres with a close relationship with a local band to register their interest to contribute to the excitement as we close the Fair for 2022!

EOI’s to be part of the 2022 DAAF Public Program will close 4 March 2022.

Submit your Expression of Interest form via the link below.

Stay tuned for updates and be sure to pass this on to those in your Art Centre community network that may be interested in applying.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers Artist Masterclass, DAAF 2020