The Heart in Art

The Blak Markets was set up to overcome the barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people/organisations entering the marketplace and making the most profit from selling their art. We put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people at the core of our mission, ensuring they are always the largest beneficiaries of the commercial opportunities we engage in.

Which is why 11 remote Aboriginal art organisations and their artists joined with us at our NAIDOC Blak Markets at Barangaroo to celebrate our people’s skills and talent at this vibrant national marketplace which shows our people “there is a future in culture," 

The event at Barangaroo ran on Sunday 2 July and this event was a partnership between First Hand Solutions and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.


What the Heart in Art aims to do

The Heart in Art connects important parts of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and craft supply chain across Australia at the Blak Markets. The reason for Heart in Art is to ensure increased employment & economic development opportunities are available for Indigenous communities, and at the same time developing cultural leadership skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people, giving them the tools to overcome many social problems including mental health, suicide and incarceration. 

Heart in Art also creates a platform for collaboration, communication and shared opportunities between Art Centres and Artists to build a nationwide Arts & crafts network driven by community.

Breaking Barriers and solving the issues:  We recognize that cultural & community isolation can be an enormous barrier for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people and communities, particularly remote communities. This initiative shows that there are solutions to these issues if the right structure and support is built. We also recognize that the cultural resilience of remote communities can benefit urban-living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, hence The Heart in Art is a program about two-way learning, in urban and remote Australia.

The economic problem: is a lack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people/organisations within the marketplace which means most of the economic benefits are going to other people and organisations, rather than the Artists or other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island organisations working in community to improve outcomes.