Indigenous art code
The Western Australian Museum is a member of the Indigenous Art Code.
We purchase Indigenous products which directly benefit Indigenous artists and their communities.
What is the code
The Code is designed to set and promote standards of ethical behaviour for art dealers, galleries and museums operating in the Australian Indigenous art sector by regulating the conduct of commercial art dealers to ensure fair and ethical trade with artists; transparency and accountability for the sale of artworks.
Why buying ethically is important
In many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, art sales are the main source of income. Making sure you always buy ethically and authentically is not just about protecting the buyer’s investment, it’s about respect for the world’s oldest living culture, ensuring the artists and those around them are paid fairly and securing a sustainable future for Australia’s Indigenous art industry.