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