NAIDOC Week in Sydney

Honour the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the first week of July
Photograph: Supplied
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NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Events take place from July 8-15 honouring the theme ‘Because of her, we can!’. This year's theme honours the role of Indigenous women in the communities.

NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. In the 1920s, Aboriginal groups sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Today, all Australians and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations – many of which are free to attend and open to all ages. 

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NAIDOC Week events in Sydney

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Nicole Monks and Amala Groom, FAIRER, 2018, image courtesy of the artists
Photograph: Nicole Monks and Amala Groom
Art, Installation

Green on Red

icon-location-pin Redfern
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In celebration of NAIDOC Week and coinciding with the theme ‘Because of her, we can!’, the Bearded Tit is handing over their space to three First Nations women who use their art to decolonise mind and body, and to challenge notions of privilege, culture and personal history. Featuring Carmen Glynn-Braun, Amala Groom and Nicole Monks.

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Art, Galleries

John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new

icon-location-pin The Rocks
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One of the greatest exponents of bark painting – and one of the greatest exponents of Aboriginal art in general – is John Mawurndjul, who rose to international fame in the late 1980s and '90s. The Kuninjku artist is getting a major career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Woven skirt from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island)
Photograph: Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny/Copyright Agency, 2018
Things to do, Exhibitions

Unbroken Lines of Resilience: Feathers, Fibre, Shells

icon-location-pin Darling Harbour
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This year’s NAIDOC Week theme celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to their community, families, and our nation. In this free exhibition, visitors can see the work of leading female practitioners in their fields of weaving and shell stringing. The innovative works highlight the unbroken practices of First Nations women who have carried their knowledge through the generations for at least 65,000 years. 

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Celebrate our culture all year round

Lin Onus 1991 Fruit Bats install photo Yiribana Gallery at Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 August image courtesy AGNSW
Photography: Art Gallery of NSW
Art

Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney

Whether you're visiting from overseas or a curious local looking to get beyond the basics (Dot paintings? Bark paintings? Just the tip of the iceberg), these are the places to see the best of Australia's diverse Indigenous art practice.

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