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National Indigenous Art Fair 2023

This First Nations art market will arrive at The Rocks just in time for this year's NAIDOC Week.
By Concrete Playground
June 01, 2023
By Concrete Playground
June 01, 2023

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The National Indigenous Art Fair will return to the Sydney Harbour foreshore this July to showcase creations from First Nations artists, designers and makers for its fourth annual art market. And, it's arriving just in time for NAIDOC Week 2023.

Over Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2, the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks will be filled with art by Indigenous creatives from some of the nation's most remote places. Arrive just before 9:45am to witness the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, before the fair officially kicks off at 10am. Along with the visual art, there will be live performances, panel discussions, bush food and a communal weaving circle, all aligned with this year's NAIDOC Week theme — For Our Elders.

Basket weaving with May Grace Johnson, Destination NSW

At the ethical marketplace, there'll be stallholders aplenty from remote art centres and Sydney's Blak Markets, where you can purchase art, handmade jewellery, homewares, food and more. Even better: all proceeds go directly back to the artist and First Nations communities.

You can also check out cooking demonstrations (with a celebrity guest chef or two), participate in workshops and enjoy the live music and dance performances. Check out the lineup here.

Entry is via gold coin donation to support remote artists attend the event. And you can expect to have company, with more than 10,000 people heading along over the two days in 2022.

Djiriba Waagura Dance Group

The National Indigenous Art Fair will take place from 10am–5pm on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2. For more information, visit the NIAF website.

Top images: Edith Richards, Walkatjara Art (third); Elvis, Anindilyakwa Arts (fourth); Kaltukatjara Arts Workers, Beryl Bell and LeonieBennett, Rosie Frecheville courtesy of Tjarlirli Art (sixth); Artists of Ampilatwatja, Betty, Minnie, Colleen and Beverley (seventh); Gabadu Music, Djina Yilaga Choir, Destination NSW (eighth).

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