Desart speaks with a united voice on behalf of its members.
We seek input from our art centre members on important industry issues, ensuring that our responses to issues reflect the voices and priorities of their artists. We also work with other Aboriginal peak bodies and organisations to address industry-wide and cross-sector issues, and we support rigorous ethical research that commits to community benefits alongside potential for broader evidence-based industry gains. We serve on industry boards and advisory committees and we introduce our members to ethical marketing opportunities.
Highlights of Desart’s advocacy work include:
- Indigenous Art Code: Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign
- Ninti One: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Economies Project
- Government support and funding that better addresses the sector’s needs
External representation on behalf of our members
- Ninti One: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Economies Project Advisory Group
- Indigenous Art Code, Board Member (Desart CEO, Philip Watkins)
- Darwin Art Fair Foundation, Deputy Chair (Desart CEO, Philip Watkins)
- Tarnanthi Festival, Cultural Advisory Committee (Desart CEO, Philip Watkins)
- Australia Council for the Arts Peer Assessment Panel
- National Indigenous Art Museum Steering Committee, Co-Chair (Desart CEO, Philip Watkins)
We initiate and participate in activities to market Aboriginal art, educate and diversify the audience for it, and promote the local and global benefits of art centres, often working with industry and government partners. We produce the annual Desert Mob Symposium, Desert Mob MartketPlace and Desart Photography Prize, and organise commemorative exhibitions and special events including international exchange programs.