Who We Are

15 YEARS IN 2019

Since 2004 when we estabished our gallery, we were formalising previous years of inadvertently building up a clientele for Aboriginal art, operating by appointment and sourcing beautiful paintings from the central desert for our friends and their friends.   The opportunity to do so materialised several years after a visit to Alice Springs in 1997, and a ‘love at first site’ moment for Anna of the country, a huge respect for the Indigenous people and the incredible skill of story telling through such creative means.

In that time,  we have remained steadfast in our original thought  process and practice; to be fair, respectful, make the art accessible to everyone, and most of all keep the artists’ role in what we do as the primary level of importance.   

Fifteen years later we are proud to have built relationships with over 30 Aboriginal Art Centres around Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia and through doing so have financially supported hundreds of artists and their families through this association. 

Paintings sold through Artitja Fine Art means money goes directly to the artist’s art centres, and contribute to the vital business of administrative support for the centre, and an ongoing income to the artist and their family.

For our part, we work in association with the art centre as an agent of the artist on a commission basis.

OUR PROFILE AND PURPOSE

Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke 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 open daily, including weekends,  by appointment.  Up to six exhibitions are held during the year, in rented gallery spaces in South Fremantle and further afield, including Perth city and the historic town of York, WA.

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.  We

* 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, and 

* are available for presentations to both corporate and private clients

We are also open to discussing fundraising opportunities with worthy outcomes

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS / AWARDS

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.

Since 2015 we have been recipients of the following Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

2015 HIGH COMMENDATION for Excellence in Enterprise and Innovation.

2016 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Award

2017OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ENTERPRISE.  

HOW WE OPERATE

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 is such an 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. 

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.   Read here on HOW TO BUY ETHICALLY 

 

PROVENANCE DOCUMENTATION

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

 

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 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 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.