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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007

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Parliamentary Record 12


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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3888 These are just some of the major hurdles the industry faces in taking Aboriginal art to the world, and that is where the Export Action Plan comes in. A primary activity of the plan is to coordinate and sponsor inbound buying missions to the Territory, the Kimberley and the Central Desert. The missions are designed to introduce international buyers, galleries, collectors and curators directly to Aboriginal art centres with the aim of increasing exports in both the short and long term. They were developed as a joint activity between the Territory and Australian governments, with the Western Australian government also involved in one of the missions. We also worked closely with ANKAAA and Desart to ensure we had the artists and art centres on board and ready to participate. In essence, these missions are an attempt to reverse the traditional model of developing exports. Instead of the artwork being taken to the market, we brought the market to the artwork. By doing this, potential buyers got to experience firsthand the country and stories which inspired the works, as well as meeting the artists in their own communities. Our visitors were also able to meet with art centre managers face-to-face, and establish relationships that we hope will strengthen in the years ahead. The first missions involved European buyers, as Europe was identified as a primary target market. We initially planned for one mission from Europe, with two more from other key markets. However, due to high levels of interest, we decided that all three missions should come from Europe. I am pleased to advise they have proved very successful. All up, we have hosted 14 buyers from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Bahrain and Singapore; mainly gallery owners, private collectors and museum curators. If sales are any indicator, the missions have exceeded all expectations. Sales currently stand at $500 000, and it is expected this figure will increase due to a number of exhibitions planned for later this year. More than 20 art centres were directly visited or came in to display and present their art and craft to these buyers, including Tjala Arts in Amata, just across the Territory-South Australia border; Warlukurlangu Arts on the edge of the Tanami Desert in Central Australia; Injaluk Arts; Maningrida Arts; Buku Larrnggay Mulka in Arnhem Land, and Waringarri and Mangkaja Arts in Western Australia. A number of other art centres also benefited by participating in exhibitions with the buyers who visited them. For example, Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrng is an art centre at Mt Liebig, west of Alice Springs, and they have recently returned from a successful exhibition in Copenhagen in Denmark. The exhibition was held at the Galerie Knud Grothe owned by a buyer who was part of our second mission, and two high-profile female artists from Watiyawanu travelled to Demark to attend - Ngnoia Pollard Napaljarri and Lilly Kelly Napangardi. We helped Ngnoia and Lilly with the costs of travel and accommodation through our Trade Support Scheme, and I know that it is an investment which will pay dividends for the artists, their community, and the Territory as a whole. A further three exhibitions are being planned for later this year as direct results of the missions, another at Galerie Knud Grothe, a second at a high profile gallery in London and one at the Red Dot Gallery in Singapore. As you are aware Maningrida Arts exhibited at the La Fontaine Gallery in Bahrain last year and among its biggest fans were members of the royal family. I can inform the House that the owner of that gallery, Mrs Fatima Alireza, was so excited about the potential for future exhibitions that she signed as a participant in our third mission. I understand that she is currently considering an exhibition of Central Desert art, which is great news. Not surprisingly, the success of these three missions has led my department to continue with the program. Two more missions are planned for this year, one from the US in May and another from Europe. Planning for both these missions is well advanced, with the US mission attracting a great deal of interest. It is shaping up as a blockbuster, and I look forward to reporting to the House on the outcomes of that mission. The success of these trade missions has prompted us to look at ways we can assist other sectors of the arts to develop their export markets - sectors such as music, dance and literature. If the visual arts are any guide, I am confident that other sectors can also enjoy similar success. Mr Deputy Speaker, I commend the minister on her statement and her commitment to indigenous arts and crafts, and I wish every success to our artists, all of whom are playing their part in taking the Territory to the world. Ms SCRYMGOUR (Arts and Museums): Mr Deputy Speaker, I thank the Chief Minister, who I know was very reluctant to give up the Arts and Museums portfolio and has a strong commitment to this sector, but I will give it the same commitment that she did over her four years. The sector is growing, and it was heartening to hear the Chief Minister talk about other businesses being able to look to export markets. That is good news. To the member for Stuart, thank you for your support. I remember visiting the Warlukurlangu

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