Update (June 24): This event has been cancelled. Organisers are encouraging everyone to [purchase art directly from art centres and artists.
As part of this year’s Naidoc week, the National Indigenous Art Fair returns to Sydney for a two-day celebration of Indigenous art, design, food and culture.
There’ll be lots to see, including design objects, fashion, jewellery, homewares, native dyed textiles, kids puzzles and more, with most of the artists sourcing materials from their own local environments. There’s also plenty to do, with a full schedule of live experiences such as talks, demonstrations, tastings, workshops, dancing and singing performances, and storytelling for kids.
There’s also the opportunity to learn about Australian plants and bush foods, with samples fresh from the barbeque prepared by guest chefs.
This year's Naidoc Week (July 4 to 11) theme is Heal Country, Heal Our Nation. The fair will showcase "ghost net" sculptures, created from lost, broken and abandoned fishing nets found by Aboriginal communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Artists collect these drifting nets from the ocean and weave them into both small- and large-scale sculptures, to acknowledge the marine life lost because of the damage the nets do. You can even join guest weavers and try your hand at working with recycled ocean plastics to create your own ghost net sculpture.
The art fair represents a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists and creatives, many of whom will be travelling from all over Australia to show their work.
Entry is a gold coin donation to support First Hand Solutions’ Aboriginal youth program.
From 10am to 4pm each day.