Artist Lenie Namatjira

Artist Lenie Namatjira at Parrtjima, a light festival, in Alice Springs, 2016. Photo by James Horan for AGB Events.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (TFFF) has committed to a four-year funding partnership with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) to assist with travel costs and professional development for some of the most remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres across the country, particularly in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

TFFF’s support will enable DAAFF to: provide travel assistance for Arts Workers and their Art Centres to the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair; provide Indigenous Arts Workers with training and guidelines around the best practice and operation of their exhibition booths; deliver a curating program that connects Arts Workers with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators from public institutions across Australia and focuses on building their skills in exhibition development.

Each August, DAAFF runs and operates the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF). The Art Centres involved represent over 2,000 emerging and established artists. With such great diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, the DAAF generates more than four times the sales volume of any other art fair in Australia.

In 2016, DAAF generated over $2.038 million in sales, with 100 per cent returned to support the artists, Art Centres and the communities they represent.

Artist Clifton Mack, Yinjaa-Barni Art. Photo by Hugh Brown.

Artist Clifton Mack, Yinjaa-Barni Art. Photo by Hugh Brown.

The 11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair will take place from the 11-13 August 2017 at the Darwin Convention Centre. More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair and ancillary events such as the “From Country to Couture” fashion show, a screening of the documentary Namatjira Project at Darwin’s Deckchair Cinema, and a panel discussion featuring Gail Mabo, Djon Mundine and Marcia Langton.

At DAAF visitors can genuinely interact and engage with the artists, securing its reputation as one of the country’s most significant and internationally recognised arts events.

DAAFF is a not-for-profit organisation owned and operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres it represents. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage the production of Aboriginal arts and assist with its promotion in an ethical and sustainable business environment. DAAF is committed to professional development opportunities for artists and Arts Workers, and to continually contribute to the cultural aspirations of the Art Centres.

For the full DAAF program head here.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation supports Australian charitable organisations and initiatives aimed at addressing the particular needs of communities in rural, remote and regional areas within Queensland and the Northern Territory.