Desart (Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres)
Ethically Purchasing Aboriginal Art in Central Australia
Aboriginal art is on abundant display in and around Alice Springs, an Outback town at the heart of Australia's Northern Territory. For travelers, it is probably the most visible manifestation of Australian Aboriginal culture—the colorful dots and figurative renderings are now typical of many artistic works from Down Under. But here's what's not always explained: Aboriginal art is the longest continuing art tradition in the world and a critical income generator for the Aboriginal community. Given this, visitors should always give more thought to what art they buy and where they buy it. Desart, the Alice-based Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres, supports and represents the region's Aboriginal-owned art centers, especially those in remote locations where the community roles they play are critical.
For more about ethical trading in Aboriginal art, review the Indigenous Art Code, a commercial code of conduct that aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists.