The Indigenous Art Market - An Insider's Observation

3 April 2017

The rise and fall of the Indigenous art market over the last few decades is a fascinating case study in perception over fact, market forces over cultural importance and short-term greed over long-term sustainability. 

It demonstrates what can happen when quality is not a primary consideration in the sale of art - when one 'buys' rather than 'collects'. It is also interesting to consider how the mainstream press has, in recent years, avoided the great and progressive things that are happening in the Indigenous art world. 

The real story is of how Indigenous art, as an overriding movement, has continued to build and develop with new artists and new relevant, important ideas. Furthermore, it has constructed a diverse visual language that speaks of the country and its long, often neglected pre- and post-colonial history. 

It is indeed good news for Australia that the broader Indigenous art movement is alive and well. Whilst many in the tourist/decorative and trinket trade may disagree, the higher echelons of Indigenous art remain culturally significant and, it could be argued, are even more so...READ MORE

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Major New Work by Kathrin Longhurst Purchased by The Bennett Art Collection, USA

6 June 2018

The major work in Kathrin Longhurst's upcoming exhibition Protagonist has been purchased by The Bennett Art Collection in Texas, USA and is planned for inclusion in a major public exhibition in Chicago next year.

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Private tour of the 2018 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes with Archibald finalists + dinner at Chiswick...supporting homeless youth

30 May 2018

As a proud supporter The Chappell Foundation we invite you to a very special evening at the 2018 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Join Greg Chappell MBE and a group of talented Archibald finalists on a private tour of Australia's most prestigious art prize on Friday 22 June, 6–10pm, followed by dinner at Matt Moran's Chiswick Restaurant.

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James Drinkwater - Hand Embellished Unique State Etchings

10 May 2018

In 2015six months after being awarded the coveted Brett Whiteley Travelling Art ScholarshipJames Drinkwater journeyed into the interior of Australia. Working en plein air in the dry creek beds with canvases roped to desert oaks, the artist created paintings, drawings and hand embellished unique state etchings.

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