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Bigger than ever: The AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2018

By Nina Gbor 3 December 2018

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming by Karen Napaljarri Barnes. Photos: Supplied.

On 7 and 8 December, Canberra will host the largest ever Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Art Market. Artists travelling distances as far as 20,000km will bring beautiful works of art to the market. On display will be art from remote art centres in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, as well as from local artists.

Tiwi artist, Thomas Munkanome with his wood carvings.

Now in its 5th year, the AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2018 will be bigger and better than ever! It will feature a record number of stalls selling traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures, textiles, jewellery, pottery, crafts and home décor. There will also be lots of food, as well as hot and cold beverages. Across both days there will be didgeridoo performances by a local indigenous man and jewellery demonstration workshops courtesy of Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis – Worimi women from Gillawarra Arts.

Leah Brideson – ‘Her strength in us‘.

CEO of AIATSIS, Craig Ritchie, said: “after five years the AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market is now a popular annual event that allows the local Canberra community to celebrate the diverse stories and culture of Indigenous Australians.”

Welcome to Ngunnawal Country by Lynnice Church.

This is a rare opportunity for Canberra and the surrounding region to experience and be transformed by authentic Aboriginal culture from around Australia. One of the great things about this market is that proceeds from purchases will go directly to the artists, to support Aboriginal people in local and remote communities and art centres.

Warlukurlangu artist, Karen Napaljarri Barnes.

Leah Brideson painting a piece called Perspective.

“The Market has grown each year and is a wonderful way to help the local community engage directly with Indigenous artists from all around the country,” Mr Ritchie said.

Waringarri - Betty 2.

Waringarri – Betty 2.

Dragonfly print by Djilpin artist Lancetta Ashley.

“Visitors to the art market can discover the richness of the histories, cultures, and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, as expressed through art. The markets are also a practical way we can support ethical sales of Indigenous art, for the benefit of the artists as well as consumers,” added Mr Ritchie.

Tiwi Design by Thomas Munkanome.

Store holders include:

The AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2018 will be held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). 51 Lawson Crescent, Acton (Next to the National Museum of Australia).

Dates: Friday 7 December (10 am – 6:30 pm)
Saturday 8 December (10 am – 4 pm)

For more information, click here, or follow the AIATSIS Instagram and Twitter accounts to stay informed with updates leading up to the event:

Instagram: @aiatsis
Twitter: @AIATSIS


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