The Blak Markets will host the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Festival at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks, Sydney on 29 June – 30 June 2019, to kick off celebrations ahead of NAIDOC Week 2018.
Held across two days, the Blak Markets NAIDOC Art Festival offered remote Aboriginal art centres the opportunity to promote and sell their work alongside local stallholders as part of the vibrant Blak Market program which included bush tucker cooking demonstrations, live music, communal weaving and painting workshops and Aboriginal dance performances.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from remote art centres in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia will bring their works to the Art Fair and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices.
The National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair is presented by the Blak Markets, a social enterprise arm of First Hand Solutions, and is supported by the Australia Council and the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in proud partnership with the Port Authority of NSW.
The artists came to Sydney as part of First Hand Solutions’ Heart in Art program, which provides economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia. First Hand Solutions is an Aboriginal social enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Remote art centres who will attend the two day event include:
First Hand Solutions, CEO, Peter Cooley said: “This was an exciting opportunity for Sydneysiders to browse and buy high-quality Aboriginal art directly from a range of artists from some of Australia’s most remote communities.