ANKAAA works across the Aboriginal Art Industry delivering six services:
Advocacy and Lobbying
Marketing and Promotion
Art is old. It was passed on from our ancestors to our grandfathers to our fathers to us… Art is talking about the land, the sea, about our culture, about our connection, about our kinship relationships – our songs, dance, names, places, country, sacred sites. All these things are important to us.”
Image: ANKAAA Directors taking key messages from the membership to the Australia Council, Ministry for the Arts and Arts NT during a board meeting in 2014. ANKAAA has a rigorous consultation process which includes four regional general meetings, regular board meetings and an AGM.
The Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists
The Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA) is a not-for-profit Indigenous governed corporation, which has been operating for 27 years. ANKAAA is the peak advocacy and support agency for Indigenous artists working individually and through 48 Aboriginal Art Centres located in communities spread across one million square kilometres of country in the Kimberley, Arnhem Land, the Tiwi Islands, and Katherine/Darwin regions of North Australia. ANKAAA supports more than 5000 artists, many of whom are internationally acclaimed and strong cultural leaders.
ANKAAA’s mission is to:
- work together to keep art, culture and country strong;
- support the development of strong and sustainable Indigenous owned Art Centres;
- develop training and professional pathways for young and old people to learn;
- keep our voices strong and respected; and
- support the continuing development of the Aboriginal arts industry for our artists.