The 2021 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Pivots to Digital Format

Art fair moves online in response to the national Covid-19 crisis.

Words: Maddy Matheson

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) has announced that the 15th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) has moved to an online only event this year, in order to prioritise the safety of participating individuals and communities against the recent Covid-19 outbreaks across Australia. The online fair will run from Friday 6 August through to Wednesday 11 August.

“It was a heartbreaking decision as we had hoped to bring the national community together on Larrakia Country this year,” says DAAFF Executive Director Claire Summers. “We know, however, this is the right approach as it was based on the advice we have received from relevant authorities and feedback from our Art Centre participants. As always, safety is paramount.”

Last year DAAF presented its first digital fair, reaching its largest ever global audience. This year the digital format returns, this time with further enhancements in usability and interactivity for audiences. This digital pivot is expected to deliver yet another record-breaking event. The aim of the fair remains the same, connecting art enthusiasts globally with remote communities, Art Centres and artists across Australia.

The online fair will be presented on the DAAF website where audiences can peruse and purchase original artworks directly from Art Centres as they would at the physical fair. The online fair will be open to the public from 10am ACST on Friday 6 August to 5pm ACST on Wednesday 11 August. To gain exclusive early access to the online fair, register through the DAAF website here.

Art Collector is producing its much-loved DAAF special edition to accompany the online fair. This special edition is free and will be posted free of charge to the first 500 collectors who register their interest in receiving it on the Art Collector website here. Hurry! Preorder ends Tuesday 6 July.

Image: Mary Dhapalany, Woven mat, 2020. Pandanus and natural dyes, 170 x 130cm. Photo: Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation. Courtesy: the artist and DAAF, Darwin.

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