Toys Change Lives was blessed to be invited to exhibit at the National Indigenous Art Fair this year.
Held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney, the National Indigenous Art Fair (NIAF) is the premier event of the First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation (the brilliant minds also behind the Blak Markets held four times a year at Bare Island Fort, La Perouse)
Indigenous artists from around Australia came together in Sydney for the National Indigenous Art Fair – a two day art market and program of events in celebration of NAIDOC Week at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay on 29 & 30 June 2019.
Three of our Team went down to Sydney to staff the TCL Stand: Nic, a TCL graduate who now volunteers as a Mentor with TCL; Callum, a current TCL Trainee; and our Business Development Officer, Julie. It was an amazing weekend, enabling TCL to make some serious sales across the two days, but more importantly, it was an empowering experience for our Team to hear the wonderful feedback regarding the beauty and quality of our products. We also forged some great connections to other Art Centres and potential partners for TCL. All round, an amazing weekend for TCL.
A huge shout out needs to be given to The QBE Foundation. The QBE Foundation has blessed TCL with a Local Grant covering travel and accomodation from Casino to Sydney three times a year enabling us to attend the NIAR and Blak Markets. We can’t thank you enough for enabling TCL to have these opportunities and experiences QBE!
The National Indigenous Art Fair is an ethical marketplace, offering a unique opportunity to buy artwork directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from 30 remote community owned art centres from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
The artists come to Sydney as part of the “Heart in Art” program, which was developed by First Hand Solutions to provide economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia so they had the opportunity to earn and learn from the market-place.
This is a rare chance to buy art and craft directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who made them in the knowledge that the profit goes back to Indigenous communities.