Sideways story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community art production and markets

Woodhead, Alice and Acker, Tim (2014) Sideways story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community art production and markets. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 17 (4). pp. 108-130. ISSN 1440 – 5202

Abstract

The debate in Australia about the value and size of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art production is contentious. Some proponents claim that art contributes far more than sales income to communities. Others argue that art production in remote communities is supported by government funding and a few successful artists, maintaining that art centres should be more market focused. In his paper our objective is to present findings of the Art Economies Value Chain Project. The research examines the economic value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art production and the art market. From this research, a 'sideways' story has evolved which indicates that the 'money story' for artists and art businesses is varied, as are the business models of art centres. Commercial opportunities are not always where they are assumed to be and may in fact be found by 'looking sideways'.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2016 23:49
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; art; production; markets
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150304 Entrepreneurship
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28887

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