Despite the closure of Top End Arts, the organisation that managed the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair for a couple of years, it’s back on again in 2011, running 12-14 August.

Vibrant new artworks from more than 40 Aboriginal owned art centres will take centre stage in the Darwin Convention Centre, which DAAF moves back into again this year.

You can experience the rich diversity of works ranging from the country’s most remote deserts to northern coastal regions. And you’ll find works from both established and emerging artists that chart the future of this vibrant and evolving art scene. There’s a program of guided tours, demonstrations, workshops and forums to ensure a memorable experience for all who attend.

Now in its fifth year, DAAF is well and truly on the map for both Darwin residents and interstate visitors in town for the wealth of Aboriginal art and culture that centres around the Darwin Festival and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. This year a record number of stalls has been booked for the Fair, which generated over a million dollars in sales in 2010. About a hundred Aboriginal artists and artsworkers from remote communities are expected to attend the event.

In 2011, DAAF welcomes 13 new art centres to the Fair and congratulate two newly established Northern Territory art centres – Numburindi Arts from Numbulwar in NE Arnhem Land and Karungkarni Art and Culture Centre from Kalkarindji/Daguragu country in the Tanami Desert.

The other 11 are:
Artists of Ampilatwajta
Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts
Hermannsburg Potters
Kaltjiti Arts
Keringke Arts
Karungkarni Art and Culture Centre
Ngukurr Arts
Ngurratjtjuta Many Hands
Numburindi Arts
Tiwi Design
Yarliyal Arts