National Indigenous Art Fair


Indigenous artists from around Australia are set to come together in Sydney for the National Indigenous Art Fair – a two day art market and program of events in celebration of First Nations Art, Craft and Cultureat the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd of July 2022.

The National Indigenous Art Fair is an ethical marketplace, offering a unique opportunity to buy artwork directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from 30 remote community owned art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Event Details

Event: National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair 
Date: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 July 2022
Time:  10:00am – 4:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000


2021Registered Art Centres

    • APY Art Centre Collective(SA)
    • Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation (NT)
    • Artists of Ampilatwatja (NT)
    • Arts Ceduna (SA)
    • BulaBula Arts (NT)
    • Durrmu Arts  (NT) 
    • Ikuntji Artists (NT)
    • Injalak Arts and Crafts Aboriginal (NT)
    • Munupi Arts And Craft Association (NT)
    • Nayri Niara (TAS)
    • Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NT) 
    • Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre (QLD)
    • Tangentyere Artists (NT)  
    • Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjarra Art (WA)
    • Wangaba Roebourne Art Group (WA)
    • Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  (NT) 
    • Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aborignal Corporation (WA)
    • Wei'Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Crafts Corporation (QLD)
    • Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (NT)
    • Wik & Kugu Arts Centre (QLD)        


 Previous Program

Sat 29th June
9:50: AM Opening Ceremony - Welcome to country
10:00: AM Smoking and Dance Performance by Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness
10:30: AM The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour (departs Cadmans Cottage)
10:40: AM Singing Performance Maddie Lyn
11:00 - 1:00pm Weaving Workshop
11:00:AM - 12:30:PM Shellwork Workshop Commences
11:30: AM Cooking Demonstration with Clayton Donovan
1:00: PM Fun for the kids with Larry Brandy Story Telling
1:30: PM Singing Performance by Maddie Lyn
2:00:PM - 4:00:PM Weaving Workshop
2:00:PM - 3:30:PM Shellwork Workshop Commences
2:00: PM Dance Performance by Jannawi Dance Clan
3:00: PM Cooking Demonstration with Black Olive
4:00: PM Singing Performance by Microwave Jenny
5:00: AM Dance Performance by Jannawi Dance Clan
5:30: AM Singing Performance by Microwave Jenny
6:00: PM Art Fair Closes


Sun 30th June
10:00: AM Welcome and Smoking by Auntie Marg Campbell
10:10: AM Dance Performance by Wagana Dancers
10:30: AM The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour (departs Cadmans Cottage)
10:40: AM Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
11:00: AM Weaving Workshop and Shellwork Workshop Commences
11:30:AM Cooking demonstration with Mark Olive
12:30:AM Singing Performance by Rebecca Hatch
1:00:PM Fun for the kids with Larry Brandy Story Telling
1:00 -3PM Cultural tour on Tribal Warrior (book separately)
1:30: PM Singing Performance Charlie Trindall
2:00 PM Weaving Workshop and Shellwork Workshop Commences 2 hrs
2:30: PM Cooking demonstration with Dwayne Harrison Mirritya Mundya
3:00: PM Singing perfomance Charlie Trindall
3:30: PM Closing Ceremony Dance by Wagana Dancers
4:00: PM End of the National Indigenous Art Fair for 2019



Where we are

 The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay.  Plan your journey.



Heart in Art 

The artists are coming to Sydney as part of the “Heart in Art” program, which was developed by First Hand Solutions to provide economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia so they had the opportunity to earn and learn from the market-place.

This is a rare chance to buy art and craft directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.



History of the Art Fair

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation developed the Blak Markets model after identifying a series of barriers in the industry and community. These included a lack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples/organisations in decision making roles within the marketplace which can translate to a decrease in economic benefits going directly to Artists or other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island organisations working in community to improve outcomes.

They also identified location, insurance and marketing as barriers to entry and built a model that supported small business to enable them to enter the marketplace at a higher place on the supply chain and five years later the markets continues to innovate because of its ability to respond to needs of the community and demands of the market ie customers wanting an ‘authentic’ indigenous experience.

In 2017 we trialed the Heart in Art program at the Blak Markets which sponsored 21 remote aboriginal artists and 11 remote art centres to come to Sydney as we wanted to see if remote Aboriginal art centers would also benefit from the Blak Markets model in benefiting from selling directly in the marketplace.

 First Hand Solutions also organise a professional development for remote artists while they are in Sydney as part of the Heart in Art program as well as connecting artists with local Aboriginal community groups. This forms part of the cultural exchange between urban and Aboriginal communities as First Hand Solutions takes urban youth and artists to remote communities to learn from the people the living culture still practiced by remote communities -the skills and knowledge of which increase pride and resilience in urban youth.

We had extensive feedback from these remote art centres after the first event not only about the benefits of being present from a professional development perspective, but also the stallholders (local stallholders and art centres) making a combined $250,000 profit in one day and recommended holding a two day annual indigenous art fair in Sydney in line with other state based indigenous art fairs.

In 2018 we ran a 2 day event at the Overseas Passenger Terminal with 24 remote art centres in attendance and $450,000 was raised over 2 days which went directly to the Art Centres and stallholders.


In 2019 $600,000 was raised which went directly to Art centres and Blak Markets stallholders.