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The Art & Craft Centre Story Volume I edited by Felicity Wright and Frances Morphy

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This is the first of three reports published as outcomes of a landmark project, The Art & Craft Centre Story (ACCS), undertaken from 1996-1999 to gather information about the activities of remote community Aboriginal art centres, their role in their communities and their relationship with the wider Aboriginal art industry/sector.

Volume I exhaustively covers findings based on detailed questionnaires, Volume II provides an executive summary with key recommendations and an important economic analysis by Professor Jon Altman, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University. Volume III ‘Good Stories from Out Bush’ documents best practice examples and is illustrated in colour.

Felicity Wright conceived and coordinated the project for Desart Inc and was co-editor of the reports. The three Volumes were published from 1999-2000

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The first two publications of The Art and Craft Centre Story are analytical reports that focus on 39 of the estimated 43 government supported Aboriginal art and craft centres in remote Australia. These centres are the backbone of production and distribution of works by Aboriginal artists living in communities for whom the skills development, employment, income and affirmation provide an important means towards achieving confidence, self esteem and self determination. It is indeed one of the few apparent means for these communities to achieve the dual purposes of social/cultural and economic development, and the degrees of confluence and divergence of these two ideals provide ideological challenges for the centres’ managers.  Tamara Winikoff 2000

The Centres surveyed were in Central Australia and the ‘Top End’ WA/NT.

Whilst the number of art centres has more than doubled in the intervening years, are now found more widely around the country and there have been significant changes in technology and markets, key findings of the Reports remain relevant today.

  •  Paperback | 368 pages
  •  01 Dec 1999