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DAAF 2021

Public Program

We’re getting in early! 

The 2021 DAAF Public Program is set to be packed with a range of opportunities available to Art Centres and independent creatives to share their craft and take part! 

EOI’s for the 2021 public program will open mid January 2021

Want to discuss your proposal? Get in touch!

With many ways to get involved, the program is set to include:

1. Dance/Cultural performance

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

2. Artist Masterclass (Art Centre)

Artist masterclasses provide audiences with the opportunity to meet our amazing artists and learn about their artistic practice, culture and community. The DAAF Public Program will support up to six artist masterclasses. This is an incredible opportunity for audiences to learn first hand about Indigenous art practices.

3. Children’s Activity Station (Art Centre)

The Children’s Activity Station features hands-on learning opportunities for kids aged 5-12. The workshops are designed to be an immersive and educative introduction to Indigenous art and culture. Children have the opportunity to meet artists and learn about different artistic techniques.

4. 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. Audience members are welcome to ask questions at the end of the panel discussion.

5. Natural Materials Demonstration (Art Centre)

We are seeking expressions of interest for demonstrations that showcase the  preparation and uses of plant based products and their links to the artwork exhibited at the Fair e.g. pandanus, natural dyes, and bush medicines. This is an opportunity to educate audiences about the cultural significance, preparation and uses of the natural materials that feature prominently in artist’s work.

6. Lunchtime concerts (ATSI solo musician)

DAAF will host daily lunchtime concerts from 12-2pm in the courtyard near the outdoor cafe. We invite musicians to play and contribute to the outdoor ambience of the DAAF event.

Have a look at what we got up to this year:

DAAF 2020

Public Program

The DAAFF team have worked closely with our Art Centre members to re-imagine the Public Program, to replicate the excitement and vibrancy of the Fair for the online space.

It has been our great privilege to see firsthand, the incredible resilience and adaptability of our Art Centres as we worked together to meet this goal.

If you missed out on our artist talks, cultural performances or lunchtime concert series you can watch them again here!

ARTIST TALKS 

Long water: fibre stories

Join long water: fibre stories artists: Susan Balbunga, Fiona Elisala-Mosby, Ruth Nalmakarra and Lucy Simpson with exhibition curator, Freja Carmichael in conversation, as the artists discuss their work in long water: fibre stories and their personal connections to salt water and fresh water country.

Friday 14 August
11.00am – 11:45am (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: FREE

Click here to watch again

ARTIST TALKS 

The Monster Net Project

Join artists Annabel Amagula and Maicie Lalara for their talk; The Monster Net Project about their Asialink Artist in Residence project. Talk facilitated by Erin Vink.

Friday 7 August
11.00am – 11:45am (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: FREE

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ARTIST TALKS 

Artists of Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

Join artists of Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, Mervyn Rubuntja, Clara Inkamala and Selma Nunay Coulthard  in conversation with Indigenous curator Tina Baum, as they share stories and  insight into varied careers as artists and teachers.

Wednesday 12 August
1.00pm – 1:45pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: FREE

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Lunchtime Concerts

Miranda Garling

 

Tuesday 11 August
12.00pm – 12:30pm
Online Event via Facebook Live
Tickets: Free

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Lunchtime Concerts

Injalak Band
From Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Land, NT

Thursday 13 August
12.00pm – 12:30pm
Online Event via Facebook Live
Tickets: Free

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

 

Mornington Island Dancers

From the very first public performance in Cairns in August 1964 the Mornington Island Dancers have been bringing Traditional Lardil Culture to audiences. Everywhere the troupe perform they recreate a Lardil dance ground and apply their paint up and unique hair hats.

Monday 10 August
11:00am – 11:30am (ACST)
Online Event via Facebook
Tickets: FREE

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

Wugalgau Kaiin Thithui Dance Group

Wugalgau Kaiin Thithui is an Island dance group that comes from the island called Moa in the Western part of the Torres Strait. Wugalgau comes from the community name for St.Pauls known as Wug Village, Kaiin Thithui means new star which is for our emerging generation.re passed down from generation to generation.

Thursday 13 August
11.00am – 11:30am (ACST)
Online Event via Facebook
Tickets: FREE

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ARTIST MASTERCLASS

Both Ways Baskets,
Weaving

Sit with  master weavers from Groote Eylandt , including Maicie Lalara who has recently returned from an art residency in Jakarta. Learn the basics to weave baskets using ghost nets, along with recycled fabrics and pandanus fibres.

 

Friday 7 August
12.30pm
– 2:00pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: $65

Hear from the artists

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

Hands on Watercolour Painting

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.

Monday 10 August
1:00pm – 2:30pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: $65

Hear from the artists

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

Both Ways Baskets,
Weaving

Sit with  master weavers from Groote Eylandt , including Maicie Lalara who has recently returned from an art residency in Jakarta. Learn the basics to weave baskets using ghost nets, along with recycled fabrics and pandanus fibres.

Thursday 13 August
11.00am
– 12:30pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: $65

HEAR FROM THE ARTISTS

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

 

 Coiled Basket Weaving

Sit and work with senior female weavers from Injalak Arts as they lead a masterclass in traditional weaving with Pandanus.

Tuesday 11 August
12:00pm – 1:30pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: $65

HEAR FROM THE ARTISTS

ARTIST MASTERCLASS

Weaving with Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Sit and work with the renowned Tjanpi Desert Weaver artists via Zoom! Ask questions in real time, as you learn to weave your own baskets using this kick-starter pack and the Tjanpi Weaver method!

Thursday 13 August
1:00pm – 2:30pm (ACST)
Online Event via Zoom
Tickets: $65

HEAR FROM THE ARTISTS

INDIGENOUS FOOD EXPERIENCE

Tastes & Tales at Aboriginal Bush Traders

Participants learned about a variety of bush foods and their seasons, participated in a fun hands-on workshop, and took home their very own flavour filled take-home pack!

Wednesday 12 August
12.00pm – 2.00pm
Attend in person at Aboriginal Bush Traders in Darwin
Tickets: $60

Thank you for joining us!

INDIGENOUS FOOD EXPERIENCE

Tastes & Tales at Aboriginal Bush Traders

Participants learned about a variety of bush foods and their seasons, participated in a fun hands-on workshop, and took home their very own flavour filled take-home pack!

Friday 14 August
12.00pm – 2.00pm (ACST)
Attend in person at Aboriginal Bush Traders in Darwin
Tickets: $60

Thank you for joining us!

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