September 24, 2022

Aboriginal Art in Melbourne: The New APY Gallery

Aboriginal Art in Melbourne: The New APY Gallery
With the APY Art Centre Collective, First Nations artists can now exhibit in Melbourne (Naarm).

Do you want to support First Nations artists while adding to your collection? Forget private dealers – the APY Art Centre Collective has opened their third gallery, this time in Melbourne (Naarm). This First Nations-owned and -run gallery is connected directly to the communities it represents, which means you can be sure your money is going straight to the artists.

The APY Art Centre Collective (APYACC) is a network of eleven art centres across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, which are in remote Central Australia. For many APY communities, these art centres are the only source of non-government income; they’re also the place where culture is celebrated and passed on to younger generations. The APY Collective not only connect these artists to buyers, but also employ First Nations people in other roles within the collective, giving them greater control over their art and the transmission of their culture.

Anangu [First Nations people] have a right to own their own business, to manage it and run it everyday as we choose. It is time for Aboriginal people to own a larger share in our Industry.
NYURPAYA KAIKA BURTON.
Aboriginal Art

Working with over 500 established and emerging First Nations artists, the collective supports the communities and culture of the APY Peoples. With galleries already in Sydney and Adelaide, the APYACC has now expanded to Melbourne’s Docklands with a gallery located on Tom Thumb Lane. The current exhibition on offer is called Itilkirra Itilkirra—Side by Side, featuring works by women artists from the Umoona Arts Centre in Coober Pedy.

Visit the APY Gallery at 34 Tom Thumb Lane in Docklands to see the beautiful artwork in the Itilkirra Itilkirra—Side by Side exhibition and rest assured that, if you buy a piece, you’re directly supporting the artists and their communities.

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