National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Festival 30 June-1 July 2018.



The Blak Markets is organised by First Hand Solutions, which is an Aboriginal social enterprise dedicated to providing hands-on solutions to issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Heart In Art 

First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation developed the Blak Markets model after identifying a series of barriers in the industry and community. These included a lack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples/organisations in decision making roles within the marketplace which can translate to a decrease in economic benefits going directly to Artists or other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island organisations working in community to improve outcomes. They built a model that supported small business with location, insurance and marketing to enable them to enter the marketplace at a higher place on the supply chain and four years later the markets continues to innovate because of its ability to respond to needs of the community and demands of the market ie customers wanting an ‘authentic’ indigenous experience.

In 2017 we trialed the Heart in Art program at the Blak Markets which sponsored 21 remote aboriginal artists and 11 remote art centres to come to Sydney as we wanted to see if remote Aboriginal art centers would also benefit from the Blak Markets model in benefiting from selling directly in the marketplace alongside our local stallholders.


First Hand Solutions also organises 3 days of professional development for remote artists while they are in Sydney as part of the Heart in Art program as well as connecting artists with local Aboriginal community groups. This forms part of the cultural exchange between urban and Aboriginal communities as First Hand Solutions takes urban youth and artists to remote communities to learn from the people the living culture still practiced by remote communities -the skills and knowledge of which increase pride and resilience in urban youth.We had extensive feedback from these remote art centres after this event not only about the benefits of being present from a professional development perspective, but also the stallholders (local stallholders and art centres) making a combined $250,000 profit in one day and recommended holding a two day annual indigenous art fair in Sydney in line with other state based indigenous art fairs which is why we are running this  over two days at the Overseas Passenger Terminal this year.




The iconic Blak Markets will again host the National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair on the 30th June and 1st July 2018 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal

The event will kick off celebrations ahead of this year’s NAIDOC Week and will be a vibrant festival of Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney to exhibit and sell at the market and host workshops demonstrating their amazing arts and cultural practices.

The lively market will also feature more than 30 local stalls, bush tucker cooking demonstrations, weaving workshops and live music and Aboriginal dance performances.

The event is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in proud partnership with the Port Authority of NSW.




Event Details

Event: National Indigenous NAIDOC Art Fair 
Date: 30 June  - Sunday, 1 July 2018
Time:  10:00am – 5:00pm (both days)
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal, 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000



 Where are we 

 The Overseas Passenger Terminal is easily accessible by public transport and on foot from Circular Quay. We have also negotiated a special parking rate of $10.50 with Wilsons Parking Circular Quay Car Park located at 111 Harrington St, the Rocks, opposite the Overseas Passenger Terminal. You must book online at, using the promo code NAIDOC


 Plan your journey.


 Heart in Art 

The artists are coming to Sydney as part of the “Heart in Art” program, which is made possible by First Hand Solutions to provide economic and professional development opportunities to Aboriginal artists working in remote communities around Australia.

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.


 Line up :

  • Ernabella Arts  (SA)
  • Kaltjiti Arts (SA)
  • Iwantja Arts (SA)
  • Mimili Maku Art of the Mimili Community (SA)
  • Tjala Arts of the Amata Community (SA)
  • Tjungu Palya Arts (SA)
  • Artists of Ampilatwatja (Ampilatwatja, NT)
  • Rukaji Designs (Fitzroy Crossing, WA)
  • Tangentyere Artists (Alice Springs, NT)
  • Warnayaka Art Centre (WA)
  • Ikuntji Artists (NT)
  • Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts ( NT)
  • Warmun Art Centre (Warmun, WA)
  • Yarrenyty Altere (Alice Springs, NT)
  • Bula’Bula artists (Ramingining NT)
  • Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu, NT)
  • Tjarlirli Art & Kaltukatjara Art (Alice Springs, NT)
  • Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre (Alice Springs, NT)



First Hand Solutions, CEO, Peter Cooley said: “This is an exciting first for the Blak Markets and a rare opportunity for Sydneysiders to buy high quality Aboriginal art directly from a diverse range of artists from remote art centres across Australia.

“We are thrilled to create the opportunity for visitors to meet these talented artists and browse a beautiful selection of their work, with a mix of price points to suit a range of budgets,” said Cooley.


Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Aboriginal tourism sector has never been stronger.

“NSW has cemented its position as the most popular State for international visitors to experience Aboriginal tourism. With such cultural diversity on offer, NSW can offer visitors some of the most accessible and authentic experiences in the nation,” Mr Marshall said.

“We’ll continue to support this thriving industry through our Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan which maps out the growth strategies to deliver economic and social benefits for Aboriginal people, both as operators and employees, and ensure the sector continues to flourish.”