Mbantua Gallery is accredited by Tourism Business Australia, we have been a long time member of ArtTrade the 'Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association' and our Gallery is also proud to be one of the first commercial Aboriginal Art Galleries to sign the Indigenous Art Code and support fair and ethical trade in Aboriginal Artwork.
Indigenous Art Code
Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum welcomes the introduction of the new Indigenous Art Code and is proud to be one of the first members.
The development of a commercial code of conduct was central to the recommendations of the 2007 Senate Inquiry report: Indigenous art – Securing the Future.
The Indigenous Art Code (the Code) aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists.
• establishes a set of standards for commercial dealing with Indigenous visual artists;
• provides a benchmark for ethical behaviour; and
• builds greater certainty for consumers that the artworks they buy come through ethical processes.
The Code will promote fair and ethical trade in Artwork, encourage transparency in the process of promotion and sale of Artwork and ensure that disputes arising under the Code are dealt with efficiently and fairly.
Find out more by visiting The Indigenous Art Code website
Read more from the ArtTrade website…..
'The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association (Art.Trade) is the national organisation for persons and organisations experienced in the business of indigenous art. The Association was established in 1998.'
ArtTrade has been involved in the development of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct. The project was funded initially by the Australia Council and was directed by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Desart and the Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA).
The Art Trade website has an article for anyone interested in buying Aboriginal art and what questions you should ask. It touches on the topics of Authenticity, Integrity and Value. If you would like to read it please visit Questions to Ask When Buying Art.
Accredited Tourism Business Australia
Mbantua Gallery is an accredited Tourism Business Australia operator.
'Tourism Businesses who display the accreditation tick have met a predetermined level of specific business criteria to enable them to provide a high level of quality customer service and best practice industry standards.
An accredited business is a business which has met set of nationally endorsed industry standards providing a model for continuous improvement in best business practice.
These standards include:
• Effective business planning
• Professional and quality customer service
• Accuracy in advertising
• Compliance with legislative requirements
• Appropriate business licensing
• Sound environmental practices’
- From the Tourism Businesses Website