National Indigenous Art Fair

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Photograph: National Indigenous Art Fair | Artists from APY Arts Centre Collective
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Photograph: Supplied/First Hand Solutions
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Photograph: Supplied/First Hand Solutions
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Photograph: Wayne Quilliam

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This event has been cancelled for 2021

UPDATE, Jun 23 2021: This event has been cancelled for 2021 due to rising Covid case numbers. At this stage the event will be postponed to July 2-3 2022. You can support Indigenous artists by buying directly from the art centres that would have attended the National Indigenous Art Fair here.

This annual two-day festival of Indigenous art, design, dance, music, food and culture returns to the Sydney Harbour foreshore to get a run-up on NAIDOC Week over the weekend of July 3 and 4. 

You’ll get to explore artworks from remote Indigenous art centres and artists beside stalls who regularly appear at the ever-popular Blak Markets. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are travelling from the far corners of Australia – places like Ceduna, Haasts Bluff, Ramingining, the Tiwi Islands, Weipa and Yuendumu – presenting a rare and exciting opportunity for Sydneysiders to interact directly with the makers.

A new Indigenous bushfoods adjunct will provide an extraordinary opportunity to explore the secrets and wisdoms behind native Australian plants and bushfoods – and samples fresh from the barbecue. 

Everyone is welcome to look, listen, learn and join in the program of talks, demonstrations, tastings, workshops, and performances kicking off from 10am daily.

Keep an eye out for the “ghost net sculptures”. These sculptures are woven from lost, broken and abandoned fishing nets, which cause devastating damage all over the world, entrapping and killing vast quantities of marine life. Aboriginal communities around Australia have been creating these artworks in response to the urgent environmental crisis. In acknowledgement of the NAIDOC Week 2021 theme Heal Country, Heal our Nation, this year’s National Indigenous Art Fair will shine the light on the ghost net artform. Visitors will be invited to join with guest weavers from around the country, to experience working with recycled ocean plastics to create a ghost net sculpture of their own.

The fair takes place at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in the Rocks, and entry costs a gold coin donation. Stay tuned for program info and guest announcements at the website and the Facebook page.

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