The Indigenous Art Code
This is Shop Homelands commitment to support the development of strong, ethical and sustainable Indigenous art commerce. Through the Indigenous Art Code, we aim to support the eradication of exploitation, which takes advantage of artists and negatively impacts Indigenous communities across Australia.
Following a 2007 Senate Inquiry into Australia's Indigenous Arts Industry, it was recommended that an Indigenous Art Code be created to establish standards for dealings between dealers and artists. These standards were designed to ensure the following:
1. Fair and ethical trade in artwork;
2. Transparency in the process of promotion and sale of artwork; and
3. That disputes arising under the Code are dealt with efficiently and fairly.
What this means for Shop Homelands is that as a Dealer Member we must act honestly and not engage in any misleading or deceptive conduct. There are rules around how Dealer Members can engage with artists in terms of respecting Indigenous Cultural Practices and Artists' Rights; how artists are paid; complaints are handled and how records are kept.
If you would like to learn more about the Indigenous Art Code, check out their website: https://indigenousartcode.org/
And the next time you go to buy Indigenous artwork, ask the question... is the gallery or seller a Dealer Member under the Indigenous Art Code?