Sunday, 3 November 2019

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Art Market


Indigenous artists travel thousands of kilometres from their homes in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the islands off the northern coast of Australia to come to the biggest indigenous art fair in Australia, held annually in Canberra. Artists work in both contemporary and traditional styles and are producing paintings, sculptures, textiles, jewellery, pottery and home decor. There are demonstrations by some of the artists and performances (eg didgeridoo).

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies annual art market, Canberra. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Proceeds go directly to the artists themselves, many of whom live in remote communities.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies annual art market, Canberra. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The fair is held in early December on the lawns next to the National Museum of Australia and AIATSIS building. There is some great stuff for sale. My photos are carefully taken from a distance because many Aboriginal people are not comfortable with having their photo taken, and many artists are not comfortable with having their work photographed. These pictures were taken when we went in 2017. 

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