About DAAF

Australia’s largest and most celebrated First Nations visual art event returns for the 17th year, DAAF 2023 offers visitors a hybrid option to attend both in person and online.

Emerging from years of uncertainty and sudden disruptions associated with the pandemic, the 17th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) returns to Larrakia Country to showcase works from over 1,500 First Nations creatives from across Australia, providing a unique opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design lovers, to ethically purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres.

DAAF is offering visitors a hybrid opportunity to attend the Fair both physically and online as the cutting-edge digital platform returns, connecting the global art loving community with remote community artists and Art Centres from across Australia.

DAAF has secured a reputation as one of the country’s most significant and internationally recognised arts events, creating a unique opportunity for visitors to connect with, and meet the artists, learning first-hand about their cultural heritage, stories, history and traditional artistic practices through a public program of masterclasses, talks and demonstrations. A wide range of art styles, mediums and products are presented and available for purchase including paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture, didgeridoos, textiles, fibre art and cultural regalia.

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is a not-for-profit, Indigenous organisation, which is owned and governed by the 83 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres and Peak Bodies it represents. DAAFF’s vision is to provide vibrant and exciting platforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, design, and culture with a reputation for innovation, diversity and cultural integrity. Its keystone event is the renowned Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

DAAFF celebrates the rich cultural and artistic diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres. Art Centres play an important role in maintaining and strengthening cultural practices. They also play a vital economic role in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This economic aspect is crucial not only to the Indigenous art and craft industry, but also to the health of the communities generally. In 2022, the Fair achieved a record $4.33 million in sales with 100 per cent of profits going back to the Art Centres and their communities.

Promoting the ethical purchasing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artwork sits at the heart of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, and is embedded in our vision and mission. DAAF is a proud supporter of The Indigenous Art Code system to preserve and promote ethical trading in Indigenous art. Ensure your purchases are bought the ‘right way’ and support artists.

The Foundation’s latest hybrid iteration of the Fair is on track to be the most successful and widest reaching one yet!

Learn more about DAAF and the DAAF Foundation