Indigenous art centres

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander owned or governed art businesses providing a range of artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial services to a group of artists.


Indigenous roadmap
16 May 2019

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

15 Jan 2018

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.


25 Sep 2017


Living Culture presents arts and culture data from the ABS’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) about Indigenous Australians’ engagement with First Nations arts, festivals, languages and broadcasting, and attendance at arts and cultural venues and events. The data can...


23 Feb 2017

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.

Adaptation to climate...

Discussion paper

15 Feb 2017

Consideration of a proposed Private Members Bill by the Member for Kennedy, the Hon Bob Katter MP, concerning ways to prevent the unfair exploitation and misuse of Indigenous cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and expression through legislative amendment to the Competition and Consumer Act.


29 Jun 2016

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,...


6 Apr 2016

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,...


15 Jan 2016

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,...


10 Jul 2015

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...


15 May 2015

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...


27 Nov 2014

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....


27 Nov 2014

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...


27 Nov 2014

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...


27 Nov 2014

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...

Briefing paper

Australian Government response to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee Report
20 Aug 2008

This is the Australian Government's response to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Inquiry into the Indigenous visual arts and craft sector, Indigenous Arts - Securing the Future , as tabled on 20 June 2007.

The government's response...


17 Feb 2008

This directory aims to support the Australian Indigenous arts and cultural industry and to make the exceptional depth and range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork more accessible.

The Indigenous Visual Arts and Craft Resource Directory 2006 is published by the Australian Government....


Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector
16 Jul 2007

This report assesses the size and scale of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector and surveys issues including existing government funding, education and training, threats to the Indigenous art market, measures to enhance the market for Indigenous art, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights,...


9 Nov 2006

The Senate inquiry into Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector is due to report in March 2007 and is taking submissions until 27th November. The inquiry has particular reference to: the current size and scale of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector; the...



The Art Economies Value Chain (AEVC) project was commissioned by the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) and supported by Southern Cross University and Curtin University. The AEVC research seeks to understand the production and sale of visual art from Aboriginal and Torres...



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