Aboriginal artists at Blak Markets

5 Jun 2017

Blak Markets return to Sydney’s spectacular Harbour headland park to host a special Aboriginal art market on Sunday, 2 July, the start of NAIDOC Week.

The iconic Blak Markets will return to Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park, Barangaroo Reserve to host a special Aboriginal art market on Sunday, 2 July, the start of NAIDOC Week.

In a Blak Markets first, Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit and sell at the market; host Tjanpi weaving workshops; and demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving.

The “Heart in Art” program is a rare opportunity for Sydneysiders to buy high quality Aboriginal art directly from a diverse range of artists from remote art centres across Australia.

Visitors will be able to meet these talented artists and browse a beautiful selection of their work, with a mix of price points to suit a range of budgets.

Artists will travel to Sydney from art centres including:

  • APY Art Centre Collective (Amata, SA)
  • Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT)
  • Babbarra Women’s Centre (Maningrida, NT)
  • Bula'bula Arts (Ramingining, NT)
  • Martumili Artists (Newman, WA)
  • Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts (Katherine, NT)
  • Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency (Fitzroy Crossing, WA)
  • Rukaji Designs (Fitzroy Crossing, WA)
  • Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs, NT)
  • Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Yuendumu, NT)
  • Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (Alice Springs, NT)

The lively open-air market will also feature more than 30 stalls, bush tucker cooking demonstrations by Indigiearth and Jody Orcher; live music by Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan, Jarjum, and Freshwater; Aboriginal dance performances by Thikkabilla (Dubbo), Yadhamayi (Central Coast), and Wagana (Greater Sydney); language and culture workshops; Aboriginal Cultural Tours of Barangaroo Reserve; and a Tribal Warrior Tour to Goat Island.

Barangaroo Reserve is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Walsh Bay, Millers Point and The Rocks. The closest train stations are Circular Quay and Wynyard (via the Wynyard Walk). Parking is available under Barangaroo Reserve via the entry at Towns Place ($12 flat rate).

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