Indigenous Art Market 2018

Friday, 7 December 2018 to Saturday, 8 December 2018
Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
51 Lawson Crescent
Australian Capital Territory

The 2018 AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market is bigger and better than ever!

Now in its 5th year, we’ve listened to your feedback and will have more art stalls, food, hot and cold beverages, music and workshops.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for our local community to encounter, engage, and be transformed by Aboriginal culture from around Australia.

When you choose to buy authentic products direct from these community markets, you are supporting Aboriginal people in local and remote communities.

So come along and buy authentic Aboriginal art, crafts, fashion and jewellery.


Free buses will be running each day courtesy of the ACT Government Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

Pickup venues:

  • Tuggeranong Children and Family Centre - 159 Anketell Street, Greenway.
  • Gungahlin Children and Family Centre - Ernest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin.
  • West Belconnen Children and Family Centre - 6 Luke Street, Holt
  11:00AM 11:45AM
  01:15PM 02:00PM
  02:45PM 03:45PM


This year we will also be a range of additional activities happening across the two days, including:

  • Jewellery demonstration workshops, courtesy of Krystal Hurst and Angie Davis - Worimi women from Gillawarra Arts.
  • Didgeridoo performances across both days by Yidinji man, Greg Joseph. Greg is from North Queensland originally and has lived in Canberra for the last 10 years. He is a regular performer at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. 
Workshop 11:00am - 12:00pm Workshop 11:00am - 12:00pm
Didgeridoo 1:00pm - 1:30pm Didgeridoo 10:30am - 11:00am
Workshop 2:00pm - 3:00pm Workshop 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Didgeridoo 4:30pm - 5:00pm Didgeridoo 1:00pm - 1:30pm


We're looking for sponsors! There are a range of sponsor packages available, or you can email for more information.


Loretta Halloran – Ngunnawal Pottery Artist and Traditional Owner

Loretta is on the Elders Council of Canberra, and regularly liaises with government departments, the defence force, schools, and hospitals about their relationships with the traditional owners of Canberra land – Ngunnawal.

Lynnice Church – Ngunnawal Artist 

Lynnice is named after her grandmother Letty Little nee Bell, a beautiful Ngunnawal woman who inspires Lynnice every time she paints. Her connections extend across Ngunnawal country (Canberra, Yass, Pudmans and Blakeney Creek), Wiradjuri Country (Tumut, Brungle Mission, Wagga, Cowra, and Narrandera to Gilgandra) and Kamilaroi Country (Walgett).

Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu – Yuendumu, Northern Territory

Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named after a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.

Tiwi Designs – Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory

The aim of the corporation is to promote, preserve and enrich Tiwi culture. The Tiwi feel that maintaining their language is vital if they are to retain their culture.

Leah Brideson – Kamilaroi Artist, Canberra

Leah is a Kamilaroi woman born in Canberra who paints stories inspired by her connection to her culture, Dreaming, her Country, feelings and family. Checkout her Facebook and Instagram.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts – Kununurra, Western Australia

The land of the Miriwoong people covers a large tract of country straddling the Western Australian and Northern Territory border and includes the township of Kununurra in the East Kimberley, Lake Argyle, the Keep River and the Ord River irrigation area.

Djilpin Arts – Beswick, Northern Territory

Beswick Community, also called Wugularr, is home to approximately 600 people. Wugularr culture is connection to country, community, kinship, family, language, law and the expression of traditional cultural practices.

Ikuntji Artists – Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory

This centre is situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji), Haasts Bluff has a population of around 150 people. The artists draw their inspiration from their personal ngurra (country) and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). They interpret the ancestral stories by using traditional symbols, icons and motifs.

Warnayaka Art – Lajamanu, Northern Territory

Lajamanu is half way between Alice Springs and Darwin. Lajamanu has a population of around 900 Warlpiri people and their stories are part of their art. The community has close connections with all groups through the Tanami region where dot art dominates. Now colourful works, a mixture of dot and line depict subjects containing Indigenous Aboriginal ceremony, law, culture, environment and society or “jukurrpa” (dreaming).


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Last reviewed: 30 Nov 2018