Paintings in storage. Image: Indigenous Art Code


The purpose of the Code is to establish standards for dealings between Dealers and Artists to ensure:

(a) fair and ethical trade in Artwork;

(b) transparency in the process of promotion and sale of Artwork; and

(c) that disputes arising under the Code are dealt with efficiently and fairly.

The Code

The Indigenous Art Code (the Code) was developed in the first instance by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and then by the Australia Council for the Arts, who worked closely with an Industry Alliance Group made up of artists, Indigenous art centres, commercial art galleries, public art galleries, auction houses and visual arts peak bodies; including the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists, Umi Arts, Ananguku Arts, Desart, Australian Commercial Galleries Association, NAVA and the Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association. Constitution of the Indigenous Art Code Ltd

After a period of public consultation the Industry Alliance Group endorsed a final Code in August 2009.

A public company – Indigenous Art Code Limited (IartC) – was established to administer the Code. IartC is lead by a Board of Directors, drawn from the Indigenous visual arts industry and the wider community.

IartC opened for memberships on 15 July 2010. The Code was publicly launched on 29 November 2010 when the Code’s logo was also unveiled for the first time.