THE FINDERS KEEPERS CELEBRATE FIRST NATIONS CREATIVES WITH CITY OF MELBOURNE THIS NAIDOC WEEK
The Finders Keepers and City of Melbourne are welcoming more opportunities for Indigenous artisans to participate in Australia’s largest design market, returning to Narrm/ Melbourne during NAIDOC Week from 7-9 July.
The festival-style market event will host 12 First Nations designers and collectives as part of the fully-funded expanded Indigenous Program with Aboriginal Melbourne and City of Melbourne.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said events like The Finders Keepers market provided a direct pathway for the community to connect with and support Aboriginal businesses.
“Small business owners, makers and artists are vital to our diverse and thriving city economy – and we know Melbourne shoppers love to support up-and-coming traders,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’re proud to support the Aboriginal artists and creatives at the market, as they showcase their talents and ingenuity.”
The Finders Keepers managing director Sarah Thornton said the team was thrilled to celebrate even more First Nations creatives through the special collaboration.
“It is an opportunity for us to amplify Aboriginal artists’ voices, talents, and stories while fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous art and culture,” Ms Thornton said.
“This joint initiative aligns with The Finders Keepers’ commitment to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and cultural understanding within the creative community.”
The Indigenous stallholder line-up at the The Finders Keepers Narrm/ Melbourne Market will feature:
- Ngarrimili, a collective representing kids labels Sea Bubs and Amber Days, and accessories label Blak Queens
- Kenita-Lee/ Matakupaat Arts – art and homewares
- Ange Jeffery – fine art and jewellery
- Henry St Brewhouse – beer
- Baljil Art – artworks
- Njuppa Woka – wearable art
- Jala Jala Treats – chocolate and treats
- Ngarga Warendj – homewares and art
- Uncle Charlie’s – popcorn
- Emma Stenhouse Art – art and homewares
The market offers a unique opportunity for attendees to discover a wide range of mindfully-made products, from slow fashion to homewares, ceramics, art, jewellery and more.
Indigenous makers, artisans and small business owners are encouraged to apply for future Indigenous Program positions across The Finders Keepers’ host cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
The Finders Keepers – Melbourne/ Narrm Market
celebrating NAIDOC Week with City of Melbourne
Friday 7th July 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 8th July 10am – 5pm
Sunday 9th July 10am – 5pm
Images included: Sea Bubs & Ngarga Warendj (above); Ange Jeffery & Blak Queens (below).
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