National Indigenous Art Fair

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Aboriginal man holding a colourful textile work in front of other artworks.
Photograph: Wayne Quilliam

Time Out says

Buy directly from the Indigenous artists and makers in this two-day art fair

The folks from the Blak Markets will be hosting this two-day festival of art, dance, music and traditional cooking the weekend before Sydney celebrates NAIDOC Week. You’ll get to explore artworks from remote Indigenous art centres and artists beside 30 other stalls who regularly appear at the Blak Markets.

Each day will commence with the Welcome to Country, a smoking ceremony, and closing performances by Ngaren Ngaren Cultural Awareness. A few of the centres from around the country that will be represented at the fair include South Australia’s APY Art Centre Collective, Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre from Alice Springs, as well as Tjanpi Desert Weavers, also from SA.

The weekend will also feature bush food cooking demonstrations by Indigenous chefs Mark Olive and Clayton Donovan, and there’ll be performances by country singer Maddison Lyn, Western Sydney hip-hop artist Rebecca Hatch and sombre song-storyteller Charlie Trindal, who is part of the Gamilaroi people of North Western NSW. In between sets, get involved in weaving workshops led by creatives from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Gapuwiak Art Centre, shellwork classes with Bidjigal artist and Elder Esme Timbery and her daughter Marilyn Russellor, or painting sessions focusing on watercolour and ochre painting techniques.

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