Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 28.05.08
Author: Alicia Bridges
News source: Sunday Times
The Perth Sunday Times writes about ethical purchasing in the Aboriginal Art Industry:
It is estimated that 80 to 90 per cent of Australian indigenous art is sold overseas, but unethical trading threatens to undermine the industry’s reputation.
It was the subject of a Senate inquiry in 2007, which confirmed disreputable buyers were paying artists too little and selling fraudulent works.
Now a partnership between United Galleries and the David Wirrpanda Foundation is using Aboriginal art to teach clients how to buy it ethically.
The exhibition features the work of artists Dorothy Napangardi, Gloria Petyarre, Ningura Napurrula, Ngoia Pollar, Robert Murray and Nancy Petyarre. Each has created a piece to the theme of “country” that refers to the landscape of their homeland, their spirits, customs and the Dreaming.
Australian Rules footballer David Wirrpanda will be holding talks at the gallery to help educate buyers about ethical art practices.
Gallery: United Galleries - Perth
Telephone: +61 8 9427 5600
Address: 281 Newscastle St Northbridge Perth 6003
As a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code we are committed to ethical and transparent business dealings with Indigenous visual artists and abide by the standards set out in the Code.