Darwin holds an annual Aboriginal Art Fair at the waterfront every August. It is free to enter and there are various workshops provided throughout the day. The art fair attracts artists from all over the Northern Territory and is a pretty big event. Some of the artist I spoke to had travelled for a couple of days to display their art work at the event.
The art works are displayed in stalls lined around Darwin’s convention hall. Each Aboriginal community has it’s own stall which is clearly labelled and the difference in the variety of artwork available is astonishing! There are woven baskets, fish carriers, rugs, musical instruments, paintings and prints.
The best part of the day for me wasn’t admiring the art work but having the opportunity to sit in one of the workshops. I settled myself on the floor and watched and learnt how to create a bark painting. The whole process had me mesmerised for nearly 2 hours. I forgot how much I miss being creative and painting.
Everyone takes what they need from art and for me it is the experience of creating which I find fulfilling.