DAAF 2010, 12 Aug 2010. © Mikey Leung and Top End Arts.

Not long to go! Only three weeks remain until the launch of the 7th annual Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. It’s running 9-11 August 2013. Have you saved the date??

Franchesca Cubillo speaks at NAIDOC Week on the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions

The DAAF board chair Franchesca Cubillo spoke last week at the conclusion of NAIDOC week, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the delivery of the petitions to the Australian parliament.

In the below 2007 learning video, Cubillo addresses the importance of the petition to the Indigenous people and the story behind the historic paintings.

Philip Watkins quoted in the Australian

Philip Watkins, Chief Executive of Desart, and DAAFF Board Member, represents the interests of about 45 Aboriginal-run art centres inside his quote published in the Australian.

High-end galleries specialising in indigenous art may be on their knees, the federal government’s superannuation fund reforms may have torn the heart out of the collecting trade, but the shared dream of a thriving, sustainable Aboriginal art sector has survived.

Recognition of efforts past and present

DAAFF would like to thank former Board members Cathy Cummins of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, and Claire Summers of Babbarra Designs/Maningrida Arts & Culture, for their contributions to the Fair over the past seven years. Cathy and Claire both held positions as art centre representatives, and were also members of the DAAF Steering Committee from 2008-2012. They have both significantly contributed to the establishment of the Foundation, to the vision of the event, and to its operation. DAAFF wishes them all the very best with their future endeavours.