Ethical Indigenous art & craft

Artists painting on Arches paper at Injalak Arts

Being Aboriginal owned we truly understand the importance of authenticity and provenance. We want you to know the origin of each and every artwork and item we stock.

Know the Origin

Explaining artworks at Buku Larrnngay Mulka

Around this big island of ours First Australians are using traditional and modern materials and techniques to express ancient cultures and knowledge systems and contemporary experiences of being Indigenous. Because many of our artists work in remote locations the actual origins of the artworks can be a bit mysterious, our job is to demystify this for you – and show how provenance can be explained and documented. At Provenance Arts we bring you an extraordinary selection of arts and crafts in a range of media and also provide extensive interpretive information about the creators, the processes and the materials.

Hand-printed fabrics with interpretive information

Our artists work on canvas, bark and watercolor paper and also create crafts from fabric and locally sourced fibres, timber, seeds and shells. Nearly all our artists are members of remote community art centres.

Anindilyakwa ladies on Groote Eylandt

In our retail and exhibition spaces we showcase Indigenous and non-Indigenous art and cultures with a focus on the Top End. Being Aboriginal owned we truly understand the importance of authenticity and provenance. We want you to know the origin of each and every artwork. All our products are presented in a culturally appropriate way and with full attribution and documentation.

A Guide to Buying Top End Aboriginal Art

ANKA website page for Guide to Aboriginal Art of the Top End

ANKA (Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists) is the peak body for remote community art centres in the Top End of Australia and produced: A Guide to Aboriginal Art and the Aboriginal owned Art Centres of the Kimberley and Top End of Australia. This guide includes consumer information, mission statement, location map, contact details, individual history of 48 Aboriginal Art Centres across northern Australia. Check out the downloadable PDF here

Know the origin – because #fakeartharmsculture

Posters from the #fakeartharmsculture campaign by the Indigenous Art Code

Sadly the strong consumer desire for Indigenous arts, crafts and souvenirs has led to a lot of fake art being offered for sale, we call them ‘rip-offs’. Mass produced souvenirs with Aboriginal motifs are created by non-Indigenous people in Australia and also overseas, especially in countries with cheap labor costs. Many of these are ‘hand painted’ but not by Indigenous people and with no agreement to reproduce the imagery. Concern about this practice and the money that is not going to Indigenous Australians triggered the ‘Fake Art Harms Culture’ campaign. We encourage you to read more about it via the link.