Desart member Art Centres are Aboriginal-owned and controlled.
They are professionally managed to ensure ethical support for the production, marketing and distribution of authentic Aboriginal art.
When an artwork is sold from an Art Centre, most of the funds go to the Artist and a small portion is invested back into the Art Centre for operational costs and community programs. Art Centres are dependent on the income they earn because government funding only pays for some of their operational costs. Some Art Centres are mobile so they can service artists in remote communities such as Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Maruku Arts but they are all Indigenous owned.
Art Centres are a vital part of community life in remote Central Australia. As well as providing much needed income and employment opportunities they support the maintenance of culture in communities by providing a focus for family connection, social and cultural activities and the means Culture First.
Supporting Aboriginal Art Centres of Central Australia to celebrate Aboriginal identity. Art Centres are the only sustainable and ethical model with serious government reporting requirements and financial transparencies. Purchasing and sourcing art from a Desart member Art Centre provides a guarantee that your artwork is authentic and ethical.
Buying artwork from Aboriginal-owned Art Centres means you are supporting families, jobs, community and the next generation of Aboriginal Artists.
The following map is not to scale. Driving to remote communities in Central Australia can be challenging. Get up-dated advice on road conditions, maps and safe driving tips at Tourist Information offices before leaving major centres. Ensure that you are well-prepared with fuel, water and emergency supplies.