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Buying Aboriginal art

 

Aboriginal art forms in Melbourne

Artists from different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia produce work that may be recognisable as Aboriginal. The range of styles and subject matters used in Aboriginal art are diverse, reflecting a vast range of lifestyles, landscapes, cultural experiences and beliefs. Aboriginal art sold in Melbourne may be produced locally, but it may come from anywhere within Australia.

Buying Aboriginal art

City of Melbourne maintains a Code of practice for galleries and retailers of Indigenous art. Galleries and shops that adhere to this code of practice have agreed to ensure Indigenous artists receive fair payment for their work. Purchasing from these shops helps protect the future of Aboriginal arts practice in Melbourne and around Australia, and helps ensure the ethical treatment of Aboriginal artists.

Buyer's checklist

Use the Buyer's checklist to help ensure you are buying Aboriginal art that is produced and sold in an ethical manner. These galleries and shops sell ethically produced Aboriginal art.

Image of City Gallery
In the Town Hall, City Gallery presents a free, annual program of exhibitions that draw on the City of Melbourne’s extensive art and heritage collection.
Image of Craft
The peak organisation for contemporary craft and design, Craft showcases the best Australian craft and design by leading designers and new talent.
Image of Flinders Lane Gallery
In the heart of Melbourne’s Flinders Lane cultural precinct, Flinders Lane Gallery has been exhibiting exceptional and collectable artworks since 1989. The gallery shows new solo exhibitions by represented artists every three weeks.
Image of Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) displays its Australian collection of artworks at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, in Federation Square.
Image of The Ian Potter Museum of Art
Housing the University of Melbourne’s collection of artworks and cultural artefacts, the Ian Potter Museum spans art from the early 19th century to today.
Image of Melbourne Museum
From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria.
Image of NGV International
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections.
Image of Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art
Founded in 1996, Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art specialises in Aboriginal fine art from the Central Western Desert, the Kimberleys and Arnhemland.
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Melbourne’s most vibrant art and design space, RMIT Gallery presents the city’s broadest exhibition program, exploring all aspects of visual culture.

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