About the program

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) is once again, proud to present the 2019 DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium

Where: Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory
When: 7-9 August 2019
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm daily

DAAFF acknowledges that there has been a steadily growing number of Australian Indigenous curators (emerging & established) who visit our event each year. We know that they play a crucial role in supporting, mentoring and encouraging the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists and Arts Workers that attend our event. We are also mindful that various projects and exhibitions are initiated and or developed, works of art are acquired, and public programming is developed as part of these conversations. The business of the broader sector is also discussed at our event.

DAAFF therefore recognises the need create a national meeting place – a annual platform to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators with remote community artists, Arts Workers, and their Art Centres over a focused three-day program. The prime vision is to –

  • Bring Indigenous Curators from diverse backgrounds together to share their experiences and the projects they’ve been working on, and identify current priorities and strategies that strengthen the sector and increase audience engagement.
  • Build skills and the capacity of Indigenous Art Centre staff by assisting them in curating exhibition spaces, thus ensuring Art Centres learn how to showcase their work to the highest possible standards at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and beyond.
  • Build stronger relationships and support structures between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators, Art Centres and their staff and artists

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has supported DAAFF in realising this vision. DAAFF has up to 20 subsidised places and 20 non-subsidised places to participate in the 3-day program.

The program will include:

Day 1 (7 August 2019)
The DAAFF Indigenous Curators Symposium which brings together more than 25 Indigenous curators and senior Indigenous Art Centre staff members to share their stories and projects with each other.

Day 2 (8 August 2019)
DAAF bump-in: assist two-three Art Centres in the curation of their exhibition booth (which includes connecting with the Art Centres prior to the event)
VIP initiation to the 2019 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s Opening Ceremony and Industry Preview

Day 3 (9 August 2019)
Provide support and assistance to your Art Centres during the opening day of the Fair

There are three different streams you can apply for:

  • Stream 1: Volunteer capacity (no subsidy provided)
  • Stream 2: $500 subsidy to assist curators with travel and accommodation (10 subsidies available under this stream)
  • Stream 3: $1500 subsidy to present a paper at the Symposium and to assist with travel and accommodation (10 subsidies available under this stream)

Please read this application’s terms and conditions carefully. Applications close 24 May 2019, and successful applicants will be notified by 31 May 2019

Application Form