Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation announces new digital program

Tickets are now available for a series of online masterclasses, led by artists from remote Indigenous Art Centres from June this year.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) has announced the launch of a new year-round initiative of digital events operating outside its annual Fair, with inspiring masterclasses kicking off in June.

2020 saw the Fair’s introduction of online events in response to restrictions precipitated by Covid-19, and the new DAAFF Digital Program builds on the success of those events.

While this year’s physical Fair returns from 6-8 August, the first events of the new digital program bring the rich cultural knowledge and artistic expertise from Australia’s remote Art Centres into homes across the nation.

Tickets are now available for weaving masterclasses taking place in late June, taught by some of the country’s most talented and practiced artists and makers. The artists will share their techniques and stories as they sit and work live, on Country, beamed directly to the screen of participants.

All masterclasses are $80, with materials supplied, and run for a duration of two hours. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

With more digital events to be announced in the lead-up to the Fair, further details and links to tickets for the first two masterclasses can be found below:

Coiled Basket Weaving Masterclass with Injalak Arts

Sit and work with senior female weavers from Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land, as they lead a Masterclass in traditional weaving with Pandanus. Included in your ticket, you’ll receive your own beautiful ‘follow along supply kit’ posted to your door, with everything you’ll need to make your very own coiled basket!

When: Tuesday 22 June, 10–12pm ACST

Tickets available here.

Weaving Masterclass with the Numbulwar Numburindi Arts Weavers

Sit and work with the renowned Numbulwar Numburindi Arts Weaver artists from the Northern Territory via Zoom! Ask questions in real time, as you learn to weave your own baskets using the Numbulwar Numburindi Arts method. Their beautiful ‘kick-starter’ pack will be posted to your door, with all the materials you’ll need to make your own stunning basket!

When: Tuesday 29 June, 10–12pm ACST

Tickets available here.

For more information about DAAF, visit the Fair’s website: https://daaf.com.au

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