Ian Plunkett looks back at the NATSIAA 2016 Art Awards and associated Aboriginal art events in Darwin.
They had events there with dancers and singers and performances. It had a real buzz to it. It was great. If you are at the Darwin Festival there’s also exhibition openings all around Darwin and Parap and places like Outstation Gallery and Nomad. There was even a big Tiwi Islands show on at one of the major hotels. They not only had enormous space for showing all the barks and all the crosshatching paintings, but it was a brilliant opening. They had about eight women singers from the community who sang up the opening. It was just fantastic.
I love Darwin anyway, but at this time of year the temperature’s perfect. It was about 33C every day. The evenings get down to about 20C, but it’s nice and still. The town just fills up with like-minded people who are there to see the art and meet the artists and experience the Fair and all that it has to offer. It’s an incredibly buzzing time to be there.
Someone asked me if I came away with a wish list. So much of the art I saw I would love to have to display here in the gallery. I’m thinking of some of the works from the Telstra Art Awards, and even in the Salon des Refusés.