in 2020 the Darwin Aboriginal Arts Fair (DAAF) goes digital and Girringun is right there with the best of them.
6th August saw the opening of Digital DAAF, the online version of arguably Australia's best Aboriginal at fair. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is held every year in Darwin, on Larrakia Country, bringing together artists and arts lovers in a shared passion for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art.
69 art centres from across Australia are participating, making it the largest gathering of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks for sale. Girringun Art Centre Manager Joann Russo, who was recently appointed to the DAAF Board has already seen great success with a record number of sales already recorded, some as far away as the Netherlands.
She sees it as not only a great opportunity to test out the digital market, but to make an investment into the artists directly.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, this year, the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre decided to set an industry precedent by not taking commission on the sale of the art.
"Our Arts Centre is a lifeline for community, not taking a commission at this unprecedented time is the very least we could do. As an art centre, we will be okay. In fact, we will be developing new innovative ways to bring a greater economic base back through the centre..." said Russo
One of the ways has been to activate the Girringun merchandise range which can be purchased online at www.girringunartcentre.com "...In the future there will be a strategic approach to how we do arts business, we are trailblazing on innovation and growing our visibility globally, watch this space." To buy from the DAAF collection - https://daaf.com.au/Art_Centres/girringun-art-centre/