Director and Founder of IDAIA, Solenne Ducos-Lamotte, was elected to join the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Art Code, aiming to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists, during well attended AGM in Alice Springs on Friday 6th September 2013.
Honoured and excited at the announcement of the results of the vote, Mrs Ducos-Lamotte acknowledged in her speech “the Traditional Owners of the land” before showing her engagement in the code’s value and practice. “The Indigenous Art Code is entering a new vital and exciting phase with growing numbers of Code Members especially overseas, the ever increasing international markets for Australian Indigenous art and the arrival of new Indigenous directors”.
With over ten years of experience in the sector, Mrs Ducos-Lamotte believes in a stronger industry in which cultural maintenance and sustainability need to be strengthened and nurtured. She is bringing to the Board her knowledge and skills, her international experience and connections, and above all her unconditional love for the Indigenous art and culture … plus maybe her Franco-Australian determination!
The Indigenous Art Code (IartC) is the national regulatory body for the fair and ethical trade in works of art by Australian Indigenous artists. Solenne Ducos-Lamotte joins the Code at critical times as “There continues to be significant unethical and unfair treatment and exploitation of Indigenous artists by some dealers in the Industry. […] The nature of the misconduct has not changed significantly since the Senate report was published in 2007”, as per Ron Merkel QC, Chair at The Indigenous Art Code comments in April 2013.
This new position as Director of the IartC Board highlights and reinforces the mission of IDAIA, which is to increase the presence and the appreciation of ethical and curatorial Australian Indigenous art among international audiences through educational events, exhibitions and acquisition projects.