Aboriginal-owned and governed art centers play a crucial role within the landscape of Australian Aboriginal fine art: they set the standard by which all other remotely created work is judged and valued.
The level of independence and self-determination afforded to artist members by these community co-operatives is unmatched by other studio models, which in turn is reflected in the quality of the art.
Aboriginal ownership ensures the highest levels of cultural and artistic integrity, autonomy, and provenance, as well as the greatest financial return for individuals and their communities.
For the past decade, Australian public institutions and major private collectors have acquired extensive collections from these centers.
Each art center has its own unique artistic voice which is informed by the distinct local culture of Country and the stories that belong there.
“Country” simultaneously refers to the geographic area to which a person belongs, and the associated Law, spiritual and cultural beliefs associated with that area across all time; they are intertwined and indivisible.
Leading art centers Harvey Art Projects represents include:
Mimili Maku Arts
Tjungu Palya Arts Kaltjiti Arts
Warmun Art Center
Papunya Tula Artists
Jilamara Arts & Crafts
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Ngurratjuta IItja Ntjarra /
Many Hands Art Center
Spinifex Arts Project
EAST ARNHEM LAND: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Center