A message from APY Elders and directors of the APY Collective
Business for Our Communities.
Business for Our Children.
Business for Our Future.
The APY Art Movement began 70 years ago in Ernabella Community. Most of us Elders today have fond memories of making our first works in Ernabella when we were young. We knew early on that the art centres would be our chance to create jobs and opportunities in our community for ourselves and for future generations. We have grown our businesses with pride and with best practice industry ethics. Through our art centres we have worked tirelessly, establishing a reputation for artistic excellence and innovation. All artworks and projects are underpinned by our commitment to cultural protocol and our celebration and instruction of Tjukurpa, which is our Dreaming and Law.
We know the Indigenous art industry can be a tough space to navigate for collectors, art lovers, tourists and the general public. Sometimes people who want to make a well-intentioned contribution to social challenges in our communities look to the purchase of art as the vehicle of their contribution. Without access to reliable information about industry regulations and how the two prevalent business models function, sometimes these people have been disappointed, discovering too late that they have supported an unethical model. Here you can learn about the differences between the two business models and understand why buying artwork from art centres is the best way to guarantee you are supporting an ethical business that returns income to APY artists and the art centres we own – to the benefit of our families and the whole community.