Buying Indigenous Art
Buying Indigenous art
In general, Indigenous art centres tend to pay a substantial percentage of the sale price of a work by an Indigenous artist to the artist, so buying Indigenous art directly from Indigenous art centres can help to maximise the return to artists.
Useful guides for being an ethical consumer:
The Consumer Guide is a joint initiative between ANKAAA & the Arts NT Indigenous Arts Development Unit with other key stake holders including Desart, ArtsMARK, Arts Law and Copyright Council of Australia. The guide is aimed at informing consumers about the ethical purchase of Indigenous art and is available in four languages including English, German, French and Japanese.
This information available on the Aboriginal Art Online website contains a useful summary of information on buying Aboriginal art ethically.
The Indigenous Art Code (the Code) aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists. The Code establishes a set of standards for commercial dealing with Indigenous visual artists, provides a benchmark for ethical behaviour and builds greater certainty for consumers that the artworks they buy come through ethical processes.
This information has been produced by the Indigenous Art Trade Association and contains highlights some of the things to consider when purchasing Indigenous art, including authenticity, integrity and value.
Indigenous art centre peak bodies:
Desart is the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres. Its mission is to support Central Australian Aboriginal artists and art centres working together in a vigorous, ethical Aboriginal arts industry.
UMI Arts is the peak Indigenous arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland. Its mission is to operate an Indigenous organisation that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the maintenance, preservation and protection of cultural identity.
ANKAAA is the peak advocacy and support agency for aboriginal artists and art centres located in the regions of Arnhem Land, Darwin/Katherine, the Kimberley and Tiwi Islands.
AACHWA (Aboriginal Art Centre Hub WA) is a peak body for Aboriginal art centres in WA established in late 2009. AACHWA's role is to support the development and growth of art centres, provide professional development opportunities and coordinate services and resources. The Hub's services respond to the challenges facing art centres as they build the artistic and economic potential of their respective communities.
Ku Arts is an Aboriginal owned peak body for artists of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far northwest of South Australia.
This online resource contains up to date best practice information for all arts centres which are a member of one of the above four leading peak bodies: UMI Arts, Desart, ANKAAA and Ananguku Arts.