Inaugural NAtional Indigenous fashion awards

The vision of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFAs) is to create and develop an event that provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and fashion designers, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

Categories in the inaugural NIFAs include:

  • Cultural Adornment and Wearable Art Award
  • Fashion Design Award
  • Textile Design Award
  • Community Collaboration Award
  • Environmental and Social Contribution Award
  • Special Recognition Award

NIFAs will award a combined prize value of $60,000! 

Prizes will include promotion, support and development opportunities, travel, and cash.


Special Recognition Award

Special Recognition Award

Sharing cultural knowledge and expertise, these nominees have each had a significant impact in their field of work; they are artists, designers, innovators, mentors, leaders and change-makers.

Environmental & Social Contribution Award Nominees

Environmental & Social Contribution Award Nominees

NIFA | Environmental & Social Contribution Award, celebrating excellence and leadership in environmental and social development understanding, and practice in relation to textiles and fashion.

Community Collaboration Award

Community Collaboration Award

NIFA | Community Collaboration Award, recognising effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry.

Acknowledgement of Larrakia Country

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation acknowledges the value, diversity and integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music and performance as an integral expression of Australian culture and we respect the work of Art Centres in their support of the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural aspirations and expressions.

We acknowledge the Larrakia people, both past and present, as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation will present events. We appreciate the opportunity to share this country and are committed to working together and appropriately consulting with the Larrakia people in presenting the National Indigenous Fashion Awards.

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