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OUR PROFILE AND PURPOSE

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Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke (see right) established Artitja Fine Art in 2004, inspired by a love of the art and a deep respect for ancient Australian Aboriginal culture and tradition.  “Our aim is in connecting cultures through the art.  Quality Aboriginal art is not just beautiful, it provides insights into Indigenous stories and Tjurrkupa (dreamings).  Within Australia and internationally, the art plays an important role as a medium for connection between very different cultures.”

Globally the art plays an important role as a medium for connecting very different cultures. Making these connections between urban and remote Australian Indigenous communities has been the Galley’s driving force.

THE ARTITJA MODEL

Artitja Fine Art is located in South Fremantle in Western Australia and we are open seven days a week by appointment.  Since 2004 Artitja Fine Art has established itself as one of Perth’s most reputable and accessible Indigenous art galleries known for its innovative business model which includes a quarterly exhibition program in select venues and at all times offering an expert and personalised by-appointment service enabling art lovers to view art in a home environment

OUR SERVICES

Artitja Fine Art specialises in Australian Aboriginal Art from remote and regional communities around Australia.

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  • Offer a personal, accessible and informative approach to collectors and newcomers of Aboriginal art
  • Open a door into the world of Aboriginal art by passing on our expert knowledge
  • Assist in developing a quality art collection and respect all budget sizes
  • Offer curatorial service and advice
  • Are available for presentations to both corporate and private clients
  • Are open to fundraising opportunities with worthy outcomes

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS / AWARDSAnna Kanaris accepting the award at 2016 Fremantle Business Awards (c) The Scene Team - Copy

Our consistent commitment to quality and service has resulted in art having been acquired from Artitja Fine Art for inclusion into distinguished private and public art collections throughout Australia and internationally.

In 2015 Artitja Fine Art was awarded a HIGH COMMENDATION for Excellence in Enterprise and Innovation and in 2016  the CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Award at the  at the prestigious Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

 

OUR VALUES

In our practice as Indigenous Fine Art dealers we make a commitment to value the culture of the Indigenous people of Australia and treat with respect art centres, the artists and the art which we see as a very important part of the continuation of the culture. We act with integrity and feel it is our responsibility in our privileged position of having access to the art, the artists and their country, to continue to reflect in a dedicated manner the high standards we profess.

Artitja Fine Art is a signatory to the Australian Indigenous Art Code of Conduct*.


DOCUMENTATION

Each artwork carries with it authenticity documentation, photographs where available and biographical data of the artist.

Shorty Jangala Robertson at Yuendumu explaing his painting story to Anna

ANNA KANARIS has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Murdoch University and moved from a career in radio journalism to pursue cultural and educational interests in the Aboriginal art world.  Anna very much enjoys the excitement of heading bush, sourcing and curating Artitja’s exhibitions.

Anna was first introduced to Aboriginal art and culture in the early 1980’s while working in community radio in Perth, Western Australia. She was involved in liaising with community educational centres, elders and their representatives in isolated communities in the State’s north west setting up satellite radio test broadcasts to enable the learning of languages to the younger members of the community.

Arthur with Lindsay Bird at Mulga Bore

 

ARTHUR CLARKE has had an abiding interest in Indigenous art and culture, having had spent many years in the State’s north west and has always been an avid reader about the history and culture of Indigenous Australians.  Having always felt a  great love of the desert and  ‘heading bush’  he very much enjoys the planning process in seeing Artitja’s exhibitions coming together.

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As a signatory to the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct we are committed to ethical and transparent business dealings with Indigenous visual  artists and abide by the standards set out in the code.

Anna with Lindsay Bird Mpetyane and his grandchildren at Mulga Bore, in the Northern Territory, Central Australia. The children are getting excited about seeing themselves in the photograph which had just been taken on the digital camera (2004)