Indigenous art, on the Rocks

National Indigenous Art Fair to return to Sydney

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LIVING COLOUR: Artists and makers from remote areas all over Australia are headed to Sydney for the National Indigenous Art Fair. Pictured: Donna Ferguson from Kaltukatjara Studio

LIVING COLOUR: Artists and makers from remote areas all over Australia are headed to Sydney for the National Indigenous Art Fair. Pictured: Donna Ferguson from Kaltukatjara Studio

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Remote Indigenous artists from all over Australia are heading to Sydney's foreshore.

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The work of some of the nation's best Indigenous artists, designers and makers will be heading to the Sydney Harbour foreshore next month.

This year's National Indigenous Art Fair (NIAF) is heading to the Overseas Passenger Terminal, in The Rocks on the weekend of July 2 and 3.

The NAIDOC Week launch event will showcase the ideas and innovations of creatives from remote Indigenous art centres around the country.

Each community will showcase artworks, handcrafted and limited-edition items which were made using locally sourced materials, natural fibres and dyes.

Presented by Sydney-based First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, the event is entering its third year.

The Corporation's chief executive Peter Cooley said the event also provided a rare opportunity to meet artists from some of Australia's most remote areas.

"The National Indigenous Art Fair symbolises an incredible gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives, with many travelling from the far corners of Australia - places like Ceduna, Haasts Bluff, the Tiwi Islands and Yuendumu," he said.

"We feel privileged to host these incredible artists in Sydney..., to provide a platform for them to promote and sell their artworks and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practices."

Creatives from remote areas will be joined by local artists, designers and makers from Australia's leading First Nations marketplace, the Blak Markets.

The festival will feature fifty art, craft, bushfood and design stalls. Other highlights will include an Indigenous smoking ceremony, dance and singing performances, choirs, children's activities, bush food cooking demonstrations and a massive communal weaving project.

The NIAF will also shine a light on issues impacting Indigenous Australians through a number of panel discussions.

The fair is supported by Indigenous Visual Arts Industry, Indigenous Business Australia, Destination NSW, Tourism Australia, IVAIS, University of Technology Sydney, Port Authority of NSW and the City of Sydney.

It will run from 10am-5pm on both days.

For more information click HERE.

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