Central Australia Artists

 

Mainie sources original artworks from Aboriginal owned and controlled art centres in remote communities in Central Australia.  The communities are located on the ancestral homelands of the artists, where there is an unbroken connection to their traditional Aboriginal culture and languages.

Our mission is to support Aboriginal women artists to earn an independent income from their own work.  We are committed to creating sustainable opportunities for women living in isolated and disadvantaged Aboriginal communities to preserve the sacred Dreaming stories, which have been handed to them through many generations of their ancestors over tens of thousands of years, for future generations.

Mainie has acquired a number of significant artworks from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, a world-renowned art centre, which is located on the traditional homelands of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people at the Yuendumu community about 290 kilometres from Alice Springs.  

Warlukurlangu has long been a stronghold for the preservation of the ancient Warlpiri culture and language.  

The Warlpiri people from the remote Tanami Desert region of Central Australia were some of the last Aboriginal people to make first contact with Europeans.  To this day, the Warlpiri people continue to speak their own language and maintain the customs and traditions of their ancestors.

Due to the impeccable provenance of the artworks created by the Warlukurlangu Artists, their paintings are highly sought after by major fine art galleries and museums around the world.

Mainie is an approved Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. 
The Indigenous Art Code sets the standards of conduct for those involved in the trade of Indigenous art to ensure that they act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience at all times when dealing with Indigenous artists.
Signing the Indigenous Art Code is a commitment by sellers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to build strong, ethical and sustainable Indigenous art commerce and to end exploitation, which takes advantage of artists and negatively impacts communities.
As a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, Mainie is committed to always conduct our business with Indigenous artists with the highest standards of ethics and respect.

Mainie’s commercial arrangements with Aboriginal artists are governed by formal contractual agreements in accordance with the Indigenous Art Code, whereby the Aboriginal artists retain the copyright to their original art designs. 
The formal art licensing agreements cover:
  • Purchase of original artworks at a fair price as set by the artists
  • Licensing to allow for the reproduction of original artwork images onto Mainie products.
  • Payments of artist royalties calculated on sales of Mainie products.
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