Starting the Conversation: Ethical Trade in Indigenous Art






Starting the Conversation: Ethical Trade in Indigenous Art is a public forum co-hosted by the Indigenous Art Code and Leichhardt Municipal Council to discuss issues surrounding the buying and selling of Australian Indigenous art.

Who creates it?
Who buys it?
Who sells it?
Who benefits and who doesn’t? 

Six expert panelists present their positions: the dealers, the artist, the curator, the ethicist and the collector.

Presented by Jane Caro – author, social commentator and advertising writer.

Thursday 17 September, 2015
6.45pm refreshments for 7.15pm start

Leichhardt Town Hall
Corner Marion and Norton Streets
Leichhardt NSW 2040

Please RSVP by Monday 7 September, 2015 at the Event Brite website 

The Panelists

Franchesca CubilloFranchesca Cubillo
Franchesca Cubillo is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wardaman and Yanuwa woman from the ‘Top End’ of the Northern Territory. Franchesca is Senior Advisor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Chair.


Elizabeth EllisElizabeth Marrkilyi 
Ellis Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis is a Ngaatjatjarra educator, interpreter and linguist from the Ngaanyatjarra region of Western Australia. Over recent years she has collaborated with Inge Kral on a research project documenting Western Desert speech styles and changing modes of communication across the generations. Elizabeth also works as an arts worker for Tjairlirli Art when she is home in Tjukurla. She paints when she has time.


Geoff HassallGeoff Hassall
Geoff has been collecting art for 42 years and Indigenous art since 1996. Geoff received an OAM in 2014 for services to the arts. He’s second generation in a family business Loris Hassall Pty Ltd, now mostly run by the third generation.



Christopher HodgesChristopher Hodges

Christopher is the Director of Utopia Art Sydney. Utopia Art is committed to the representation of a small group of Australian artists. These include leading members of Papunya Tula Artists, Gloria Petyarre from Utopia and non-Indigenous artists from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.



Adrian NewsteadAdrian Newstead

Adrian Newstead established Coo-ee Aboriginal art Gallery in 1981. A former President of the Indigenous Art Trade Association and Director of Aboriginal Tourism Australia he became the Head of Aboriginal Art for Lawson~Menzies in 2003, and Managing Director of Menzies Art Brands until 2008. An Aboriginal art consultant, dealer, and art commentator, based in Bondi, NSW, he has 30 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Australian Contemporary art.


Christian BarryChristian Barry
Christian Barry is Head of the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University. A political philosopher, he has written on topics such as international trade, immigration and refugees, and responsibilities to address climate change. His recent work includes the co- authored books International Trade and Labour Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (Columbia University Press, 2008)), and The Responsibilities of the Affluent to the Poor: Doing, Allowing, and Enabling Harm (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He recently began a three-year fellowship as an Australian Research Council Outstanding Researcher for the project The Ethical Responsibilities of Consumers.

Jane CaroJane Caro
Author, social commentator and advertising writer.


Further information

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Transcript of the conversation: Transcript-Ethical-Trade-in-Indigenous-Art-17.09.15

SOURCE:  Leichhardt Municipal Council