In celebration of NAIDOC Week, we’re partnering with Aboriginal Melbourne and City of Melbourne once again to expand our lineup of Indigenous stallholders. Join us in embracing these talented creatives and Indigenous small businesses at the Melbourne/Naarm Market, held at the Royal Exhibition Building.
Launched in 2018, the Finders Keepers Indigenous Program sets out to encourage and support Indigenous makers, providing them with a platform to support their commercial endeavours. With the support of City Of Melbourne, 10 Victorian Aboriginal makers and creative small business owners will receive a fully-funded stall space at the 3-day market event. Discover the Indigenous Designer Lineup below, start your wish list and get ready to support small this July 7th-9th!
Kenita-Lee McCartney is a proud Wemba Wemba, Wiradjuri, Wotjiboluk, Nari Nari and Boon Wurrung woman from the South Coast of Australia. Kenita-Lee creates colourful, modern First Nations Art to express a moment in time and connect with her ancestors, her people and her Country.
Henry St Brewhouse is one of Australia’s smallest commercial breweries, hidden in the inner Melbourne suburb of Kensington. Founded by Phil Quayle and Zack Skerrit, the business is 50% Aboriginal-owned and prides itself in handcrafting exquisite beers using the finest ingredients, a lot of passion, and even more hard work.
Njuppa Woka (meaning Grandfather’s Country) is the creative project of Yorta Yorta Elder Vicki Walker. Combining her love of woodwork and fashion, Vicki creates wearable art pieces, including neckpieces, belts, brooches and earrings made from wood with the addition of snake, emu and fish leather.
Uncle Charlie’s is an Aboriginal-owned gourmet snack brand that combines premium ingredients with carefully sourced native bush foods and botanicals to share authentic flavours of Country.
Ange Jeffery is a proud Wiradjuri artist who creates beautiful & unique jewellery and body adornment mixed-media pieces. Ange’s values are represented in her work, preferring to use responsibly sourced materials, including collected and recycled natural and manmade items.
Melinda Solomon of Baljil Art is an Aboriginal visual artist who expresses her creativity and culture using vibrant colours and nature-inspired designs. Her work is inspired by her family’s stories and the native animals of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest landscape of her people, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji and Girramay.
Jala Jala Treats is a proudly 100% First Nations-owned business that sources native Australian flavours to create a unique range of products, including chocolate and tea.
Sea Bubs is a children’s swimwear brand committed to safety, fun, and environmental consciousness. We create high-quality, ally-friendly swimwear that showcases children’s unique personalities while celebrating diverse cultural narratives by collaborating with Australian artists. Represented by Ngaramilli.
Emma Stenhouse is a multifaceted creative, exploring a diverse range of practices in her journey in belonging and becoming connected with her Ngarrindjeri heritage. Her work is predominantly inspired by nature and connection to Country, using elements of contemporary art and traditional Iconography.
Ngarga Warendj produces Southeast Aboriginal Art inspired by Song lines and stories of Taungurung cultural heritage.
Amber Days is an Aboriginal-owned ethical children’s wear label inspired by the Australian bush, desert and sea. Amber Days is made for mindful, adventurous, free-spirited little ones who are the next generation of change-makers.