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First Peoples art

Indigenous art


Solid lines: fostering First Nations access, participation, and representation in the design and commercial art industries in Australia

This report highlights current considerations in enabling First Nations creatives to engage with commercial art and design industries in culturally safe and supported ways. Its purpose is to explore potential pathways to improve the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives within...
Discussion paper

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts: issues paper

The Productivity Commission has started a new study into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts. This issues paper sets out some of the issues and questions that people have raised in the early stage of the study.

Protocols for using First Nations cultural and intellectual property in the arts

This protocol guide spells out clearly the legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material in arts and cultural projects.
Discussion paper

Consultation paper on growing the Indigenous visual arts industry

This paper includes information on activities the federal government is currently undertaking to support artists, art centres and the industry, and asks questions of the sector to inform future activities, especially considering the full long-term effects of COVID-19.

It’s time for a culture change

This report proposes that the current Australian government should adopt the Whitlam Government’s general policy direction to enhance its cultural engagement with Papua New Guinea.

Response to the NIAA Indigenous Tourism Fund discussion paper

The Australia Council's response to the National Indigenous Arts Awards (NIAA) discussion paper

First peoples: a roadmap for enhancing Indigenous engagement in museums and galleries

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association 10-Year Indigenous Roadmap is committed to improving Indigenous engagement and employment. The roadmap was developed for the museums and galleries sector.
Draft report

Creative Barkly preliminary report

Creative Barkly is a three-year Australian Research Council Linkage project (2016-2019) that aims to investigate the arts and creative sector in the Barkly, and how it contributes to economic and social development in the region.

IACA strategic plan 2016-21

The Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) strategic plan has been prepared and largely based on judgment and opinion after extensive consultation with the Committee of Management, members, staff, external stakeholders and others.

Comfort and electricity use in remote Australian buildings

This study is aimed at improving the safety, comfort, productivity and energy efficiency of enterprise buildings in remote communities. Two building types, besser block and steel frame, were investigated in both hot arid and hot humid climate zones of northern Australia.
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Faito'o Fakatonga: The Visual Practice of Traditional Medicine Making and Healing Practices From Tonga to Aotearoa

This project is a moving image art project using the concept of Veitalatala (poetic documentary) (as defined by Talita Toluta’u (2014) that will explore faito’o (traditional medicine) and kau faito’o (native doctors), the practice of medicine making and healing practices from the Pacific to Aotearoa...

The Art Economies Value Chain reports: Update on Art Centre Finances 2013/14–2014/15

Art Centre finances are recovering: There are signs of a sustained recovery in sales in Art Centres. However, most Art Centres are very small businesses, with limited resources to deal with shocks and change. While around half of all Art Centres trade at a loss...

Artists outside art centres

Summary of findings: Stability: Around 90% of independent Aboriginal artists have been working for five years or more and many for over 20 years. Modest production and sales: Most artists work part time, with low levels of sales. In the week before their interviews, three-quarters...

Desert perspectives – Aboriginal arts workers in remote art centres

Arts worker employment is highly valued by employees: Personally, professionally and socially, all arts workers rated their employment highly. A wide range of professional, personal, social and cultural benefits are generated for arts workers: Tangible and intangible benefits were created. Tangible benefits included financial independence...

Productivity, income and gender: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

Social inclusion, where economic growth includes both genders, is the objective of most societies. There are over 14,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in remote Australia. Based on the sample of the Art Centre artists with gender data (n=3,406), over 70% of artists are...

Funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centre peak agencies: an examination of the funding environment, 2004–2013

Peak agencies have received $39.5 million in funding from State, Territory and Federal Government sources in the decade from 2003/04 to 2012/13. This is around 24% of total funding to the sector. Peak agencies auspice funding on behalf of art centres; outside of these auspiced...

The art economies value chain reports: art centre finances

Funding from Federal and State/Territory sources reaches more than 90% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in remote Australia. Funding for the sector is dominated by Federal sources (79%), though in some regions this is nearly 100%. Eighty-seven Art Centres in remote Australia shared...

The art economies value chain reports: art business trading practices and policy views

Survey respondents indicated some confidence in the future, expecting art product sales to increase by 15% over the next five years. Art product sales had been slow over the last five years; sales were down by a mean of 13.5% for both private and public...

The art economies value chain reports: methodology and art regions

The Art Economies Value Chain (AEVC) project seeks to understand the production and trade of visual art products. The source of the visual art products is remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; however, the markets for these goods span the globe...

The art economies value chain reports: artists and art centre production

The total number of artists estimated to be working with Art Centres is 13,196. The Art Centre data represented 80% (n= 10,338) of the estimated total population of Art Centre artists. Approximately 70% of artists were female, and 30% of artists were over 55 years...