Sunday, 9 August 2009

ART.TRADE to hold General Meeting in Darwin / AGM in Alice Springs

General Meeting Darwin:

The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association is holding a general meeting on Saturday the 15th of August 2009 at 10 am at the Palms City Resort on The Esplanade in Darwin. This coincides with the Annual Telstra Indigenous Art Awards which are being held the night before.

The General Meeting in Darwin will be an important meeting for all working within the Indigenous Fine Art Industry. The meeting will provide an opportunity to get up to date with regard to the new Government inspired Industry Code of Conduct (CoC). President of ART.TRADE Ian Plunkett has been participating in the Industry Alliance Reference Group which has been set up by the Australia Council under the auspices of the Federal Arts Minister to implement the CoC for the entire Indigenous Arts Industry as recommended by the recent Senate Enquiry. It is envisaged that this new CoC will be up and running by the 9th October, 2009.

The meeting will provide members with a chance to get up to speed on the new COC as well as ask questions and discus this major change within the industry.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Alice Springs:

The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association's Annual General meeting will be held in Alice Springs on the 5th of September in Alice Springs which will coincide with the Desert Mob festival. This meeting gives members an opportunity to vote for the New ART.TRADE Board as well as discuss a number of important issues and developments within the Aboriginal Art Industry.

About the Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association

The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association known as ART.TRADE is the national organisation within Australia for persons and organisations experienced in the business of indigenous art. ART.TRADE operates to promote the ethical trade of indigenous and Aboriginal art and to provide a forum where members can discuss issues relevant to the industry.

ART.TRADE had its origins in Alice Springs in 1998 in the coming together of representatives from many different industry groups from all around Australia including community art centres, Indigenous artists, art dealers, galleries, advocacy groups and academics with a view to establishing a framework to build a truly national organisation.

It was felt by many within the Industry that with the growth of Indigenous art both nationally and internationally, the establishment of an Industry Code of Ethics and an Industry Body was long overdue. After several days of debate and discussion from all sectors, a Code of Ethics was hammered out and the Art Trade Association was established in November 1998.

Art.Trade recognises above all that the industry depends upon the creative genius of Indigenous artists producing cultural material and that the long term viability of the industry depends upon that culture remaining strong.

For more information go to the ART.TRADE website


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