March Meeting: Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

The next Aboriginal Art Reading Group meeting will be Monday, March 21 at 5:30pm in the Graduate Resource Room, ground floor of the Elisabeth Murdoch Building, opposite the staff kitchen.

We will be reading the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct updated on 6 January 2011, available online: http://www.indigenousartcode.org/the_code

About the Code
The development of a commercial code of conduct was central to the recommendations of the 2007 Senate Inquiry report: Indigenous art – securing the future.

The Code was developed by the Australia Council, who worked closely with an Industry Alliance Group made up of artists, Indigenous art centres, commercial art galleries, public art galleries, auction houses and visual arts peak bodies; including the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA), Umi Arts, Ananguku Arts, Desart, Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA), National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and the Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association (AIATA).

After a period of public consultation on the draft Code, the Industry Alliance Group endorsed a final Code in August 2009. The Australian Government and state and territory governments endorsed the Code at the Cultural Ministers Council meeting in October 2009.

A public company – Indigenous Art Code Limited – has been established to administer the Code. The Company is lead by a Board of Directors, drawn from the Indigenous visual arts industry and the wider community.

The Company opened for memberships on 15 July 2010. The Code was publicly launched on 29 November 2010 when the Code’s logo was also unveiled for the first time.

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