COVID-19 Announcement from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation
As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we wanted to write to you to assure you that the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) does not intend on cancelling our August 2020 events.
We are acutely aware that, along with the general population, the flow-on effects of COVID-19 will be felt by Art Centres, artists, Arts Workers and fashion designers involved in this year’s events. The pandemic’s economic, physical and mental health impacts, including an increased feeling of isolation, also have the potential to directly affect our community, particularly those in remote regions of Australia. We are therefore committed to staging our events in any capacity we can, to support the many people involved in our annual program, while doing so in a safe and sensitive manner. 2020 will be a time of innovation and evolution, and we promise to continue to provide exciting and vibrant platforms to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and fashion.
As at the time of writing, the following events are scheduled to go ahead as planned:
- Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, 7-9 August 2020, Darwin Convention Centre
- Cultural Keepers: 2020 DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium, 5-7 August 2020, Darwin Convention Centre
- Country to Couture, 4 August 2020, Darwin Convention Centre
- National Indigenous Fashion Awards, 5 August 2020, Charles Darwin University
Unfortunately, DAAFF’s Australian Indigenous Fashion Showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has been cancelled, in accordance with recent government directives.
We’re closely following the official advice from the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government’s health officials on the appropriate public health response to the coronavirus outbreak. While the Federal Government has advised that events of 100 people or more must be cancelled as a precautionary measure in the immediate future, we have adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach given the extended time frame ahead of our first event in August. DAAFF will continue to work with the Northern Territory Government to make a vigilant assessment of the situation in the coming months. But for now, it is business as usual.
The safety of our audiences and participants will always be of paramount importance to us. Therefore, DAAFF is also taking all necessary precautions to protect the health of our staff and, as a result, we will be working from home until 13 April.
We ask that Art Centres and Indigenous curators and fashion designers note the following:
- 2020 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Art Centre registrations are currently open. Should the Fair be postponed or cancelled, DAAFF will fully refund the participation fees.
- Cultural Keepers: 2020 DAAFF Indigenous Curators Program and Symposium expressions of interests are currently open until 3 April 2020. DAAFF will provide a COVID-19 update to all applicants by 20 April 2020.
- Expressions of Interest for Country to Couture are currently open until 30 April 2020. Should the Fashion Shows be postponed or cancelled, DAAFF will fully refund the participation fees.
- Nominations for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards will open on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.