Mimili Maku Arts was incorporated in May 2010, and is governed by a board of Anangu directors who ensure that everything we do is in accordance with cultural protocol and in line with our overarching purpose of improving community health and wellbeing.
The art centre is the primary source of non-government income in our community. We employ six permanent art workers and a number of casual staff. These positions are some of the only jobs in our community, offering meaningful training and professional development opportunities for Anangu in culturally accountable ways.
The Indigenous art market still lacks transparency at times, which can make it difficult for people to make informed decisions around their purchase. Industry regulations are still catching up with the reality of social disadvantage faced by many of our communities, and sadly not all galleries operate along the same ethical guidelines.
Buying directly from an art centre, or one of our partner galleries, is the best way to guarantee you are supporting an ethical business model that sustainably benefits our families and the community.
We work with a selection of reputable and ethical commercial galleries within Australia and internationally, as well as a number of institutions who have become great friends to our art centre over the years.
If you want to learn more about the different business models that exist in the Indigenous art market, see the table below for some more information (courtesy APY Art Centre Collective).
Our partner galleries include:
Aboriginal Signature, Brussels
APY Gallery, Sydney & Melbourne
Short St Gallery, Broome
Maruku Gallery, Yulara
Olsen Gallery, Sydney
Everywhen Artspace, Mornington
Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Linden New Arts, Melbourne
Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin
Outstation Gallery, Darwin
Gruin Gallery, Los Angeles