The relationship between Mbantua and the artists that paint for us is a co-operative one. We don’t set up exclusivity contracts with them; if another gallery is paying higher prices than we are, they are allowed to sell to them instead of to us.
If an artist wants to paint for us, we provide the materials the artists will require; canvas or linen, paints, brushes. When they have finished their painting, we pay them the agreed price and then set about marketing their work.
Mbantua had its own Resale Royalty scheme operating for many years paying the artist a royalty on the sale of all catalogued works but this was discontinued when the Australian government introduced their Resale Royalty scheme whereby 5% is paid to the artist on the sale of any artwork sold for more than $1,000.
Mbantua has agreements with several artists to use images of their artworks on our Utopia Giftware* range of products. A 1% of retail royalty is paid to the artists and a further matching 1% is donated to the Mbantua Foundation, set up to improve the lives of Indigenous people in Central Australia.