Discover and support First Nations artists at the National Indigenous Art Fair


NIAF 2022, Basket weaving with May Grace Johnson. Credit: Destination NSW
NIAF 2022, Basket weaving with May Grace Johnson. Credit: Destination NSW
The National Indigenous Art Fair (NIAF) will return to Gadigal Land in 2024, marking the fifth year of this unique celebration of First Nations art, design and culture.

Following a successful event in 2023, which attracted 22,000 visitors over two days, the NIAF will take place from 29-30 June at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks in Sydney.

This ethical marketplace allows visitors to take home artwork, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and artefacts created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across Australia. It offers a fantastic opportunity to appreciate and support the work of Indigenous artists, designers and makers.

NIAF 2022, Gavin Chatfield’s stall. Credit: Destination NSW

“The National Indigenous Art Fair is an opportunity to meet the artist and hear the stories of this art directly from the maker with the knowledge that whatever the visitor spends will go directly back to these artists and their communities,” First Hand Solutions CEO Peter Cooley says.

“It is a rare opportunity to meet artists from some of the most remote parts of Australia and provides them an opportunity to promote and sell their artworks and host workshops demonstrating their unique arts and cultural practice.”

Credit: Destination NSW

In addition to discovering the work of these incredible artists, visitors to NIAF can further experience Indigenous culture through the festival program of dance, cultural displays, interactive Indigenous weaving circles and workshops.

This year’s program includes one of Australia’s best-known and most-loved Indigenous music acts, Stiff Gins, and the Gawura Dancers as well as first-time interstate, the Injalak dance troupe from Arnhem Land. Workshops include a children’s craft class, a weaving class and ochre painting. Native bushfood will be on offer for guests to taste and learn about.

Gawura Dancers.

The NIAF brings together artists from remote community-owned art centres throughout the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

They will travel to Sydney to participate in the Heart in Art program run by First Hand Solutions, which provides economic and professional development opportunities and exchange between urban and remote First Nations communities.

Faith Butler, Tjukurla, October 2022. Photo: Rosie Frecheville (artist exhibiting at Aboriginal Contemporary women’s show during NIAF).

NIAF is presented by Sydney-based First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation in proud partnership with the Port Authority of NSW, Destination NSW, University of Technology, Sydney, Gilbert + Tobin, Meers Foundation, Australian Design Centre, the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program, Artwatch and Mercure Sydney.

Entry to the National Indigenous Art Fair is a donation of $2.50 to support remote artists attending the event. Children under 5 years old are free.

For accommodation, Mercure Sydney is offering visitors a 15% discount for any nights booked over the National Indigenous Art Fair weekend, simply click the direct link to book. Bookings close 25 May, or whilst available.

Event: National Indigenous Art Fair
Date: Saturday 29 June – Sunday 30 June 2024
Time: 10am – 5pm Saturday, 10- 4pm Sunday
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks, Sydney
Entry: $2.50 (under 5yrs free)
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