Public Institutions


A message from the National Gallery of Australia

Australia’s publicly funded galleries are vital supporters of the rights of Indigenous Australian artists. In accordance with their responsibility to build, preserve and present significant Australian collections to the highest ethical and professional standards, publicly funded collecting institutions play a leadership role in both the domestic and international collections sector by applying and promoting best practice policies and procedures.

In February 2010, the National Gallery of Australia adopted the Charter of Principles for Publicly Funded Collecting Institutions (the Charter) which provides a framework to promote professional best practice in dealings with Indigenous artists across the nation. The Charter closely references the Indigenous Art Code (the Code) and the National Gallery of Australia indicates its strong public support for best practice dealings with Indigenous artists and their works of art.

Ron Radford AM


A message from The Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts strongly supports the Indigenous Art Code in upholding fair and ethical standards in the visual arts industry. The Code promotes good commercial practice so that Indigenous artists and their artistic and creative works are afforded protection, rights and fair remuneration.

The Australia Council for the Arts directed the development of the Code during 2009 through an extensive national consultation with the visual arts sector and an industry reference group comprised of commercial galleries, public institutions, Indigenous and non-Indigenous visual arts peak bodies, curators and Indigenous artists. The establishment of the Code reflects the desire of the visual arts industry to create and maintain agreed ethical standards.

The Australia Council for the Arts encourages all in the visual arts industry to strive for the highest standards of practice in the upholding of Indigenous artists rights and the sale and promotion of Indigenous Australian art.

Kathy Keele
Chief Executive Officer

The following agencies and public institutions have indicated their support for the Code:

Main trading name Location
The Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department National
Arts Queensland Queensland
Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport Northern Territory
Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia
Araluen Cultural Precinct Northern Territory
Artbank National
Art Gallery of Western Australia Western Australia
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Queensland
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Northern Territory