This film tracks its journey from the people and places of its origins to the walls of today’s international art collectors.
With access to remote Aboriginal communities deep in the heart of the central Australian desert, the film shows Aboriginal artists at work on their canvases.
Across the market there are those who are vulnerable to exploitation – the risk is less for those who paint in the state-run art centres that are held by many in the industry to be the model of best practice, but others who work in privately-owned art centres or sell exclusively to private galleries are open to exploitation and there are yet more artists who are at the mercy of carpet-baggers and unscrupulous dealers.
This film navigates the ethical issues that obscure one of the world’s newest boom markets.
A Century Films production for Channel 4
1 x 50 minutesFilm EditorEmily WestGuy CrossmanProducerHeather ClarkeExecutive ProducerRuth PittDirectorMargy Kinmouth
"…a sobering insight into the ethical tussle between….state backed Aboriginal art centres and private dealers"The Times