DAAF 2020 – Australia’s largest Indigenous art event goes online

The annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is going digital for its 14th edition in 2020. Responding to the challenges of border closures and social distancing measures due to COVID-19, organisers have devised an exciting program of online events to accompany the virtual fair, being held over nine days from 6-14 August 2020.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Executive Director, Claire Summers, said the program had been crafted to deliver a range of vibrant, engaging opportunities to immerse audiences and participants in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, fashion and culture.

Ms Summers said art’s ability to promote joy, hope and inspiration had never been more important, as the world emerges from what has been a time of isolation for many. She said reconsidering DAAF’s usual delivery mode had unlocked new ways to share and tell stories.

“By moving to a digital platform, we can reach a truly global audience and help people from all walks of life explore the wonderful world of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and design,” Ms Summers said.

DAAF is owned and operated by a membership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres whose mission is to encourage the production and ethical promotion of Aboriginal arts, with 100 per cent of all sales generated by the event returned to Art Centres and their respective Indigenous communities.

Internationally celebrated as a world-class event, DAAF contributes to building the resilience of these communities and provides opportunities for artists, performers and arts workers from some of Australia’s most remote regions to connect with each other and with audiences around the world.

Image: Elcho Island Booth at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2019. Photo by Dylan Buckee