|The iconic Blak Markets is set to host the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on 30 June and 1 July 2018, to kick off celebrations ahead of NAIDOC Week 2018.
Held across two days, the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair offers remote Indigenous art centres and artists the opportunity to promote and sell their work in Sydney.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from 15 remote art centres in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit, sell and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices.
|Event||National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair|
|Date||Sat 30th June to Sun 1 July|
|Time||10:00am - 5:00pm Both days|
|Location||Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000|
Artists will travel to Sydney from art centres including:
| In addition to the art fair, the vibrant market will feature more than 30 stallholders from around New South Wales and the renowned Blak Markets program of bush tucker cooking demonstrations, live music, weaving and cultural workshops, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances.
The National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair is presented by the Blak Markets, a social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions, and is supported by the Australia Council and the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in proud partnership with the Port Authority of NSW.
First Hand Solutions, CEO, Peter Cooley said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Sydneysiders to browse and buy high-quality Aboriginal art directly from a range of artists from some of Australia’s most remote communities.
“After the enormous success of the inaugural one-day event last year, which was attended by 10,000 visitors at Barangaroo, we’re delighted to bring these artists together at the Overseas Passenger Terminal to sell their work and meet their customers,” said Cooley.
The artists will come to Sydney as part of First Hand Solutions’ Heart in Art program, which provides economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia.
First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal social enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair will be held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Saturday, 30 June and Sunday, 1 July 2018 at 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay.
For more information, please visit www.blakmarkets.com/pages/heart-in-art.
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Frequently asked questions
- This is the second annual Art Fair hosted by the Blak Markets as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. The first market was held at Barangaroo Reserve in 2017, featuring 11 remote art centres, plus local stallholders and generated almost $250,000 in sales in one day, which went directly to stallholders and art centres who play such a crucial role in remote Indigenous communities.
- As part of the Heart in Art program, First Hand Solutions organises three-days of professional development opportunities for the remote artists while they are in Sydney and connect them with local Aboriginal community groups. This activity is part of the organisation’s commitment to creating opportunities for cultural exchange between urban and Aboriginal communities. First Hand Solutions takes urban Aboriginal youth and artists to remote communities to learn from people living culture and gain skills and knowledge to increase pride and resilience.