Purchasing Aboriginal Art | An Ethical Buying Guide

Purchasing Aboriginal Art

Available in English, French, German and Japanese

A primary function of the ANKAAA charter is to protect the rights of artists and promote ethical business practice in the Indigenous art industry. 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 brochure is aimed at informing consumers about the ethical purchase of Indigenous art and will be distributed through art centres, art galleries, tourist centres, back packers, hotels and art organisations.

Owning a piece of Australian Aboriginal art can provide a great deal of personal pleasure and satisfaction. This publication aims to help consumers make informed and ethical choices about buying Aboriginal art and artefacts.

The publication is a result of wide-ranging consultation with artists, art centres, galleries, consumer affairs, legal and industry representatives. Publication of the Consumer Guide was generously supported by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT.

Questions to consider when purchasing Aboriginal art:

  • Is the gallery a member of a reputable art gallery association such as the Australian Commercial Galleries Association?
  • Does the art work have a certificate of authenticity to verify the origin of the work?
  • Was the work sourced from an art centre?

[English] Download Purchasing Australian Aboriginal Art (PDF 1 Mb)

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