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“F” for Fake and “M” for Money

By JOHN MOYLE A recent Federal Court decision has seen an Aboriginal tourist art supplier hit with a record $2.3 million fine. The case against Birubi Art Pty Ltd was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who accused the company of making misleading or false claims that many of its products were hand […]

"F" for Fake and "M" for Money

By JOHN MOYLE A recent Federal Court decision has seen an Aboriginal tourist art supplier hit with a record $2.3 million fine. The case against Birubi Art Pty Ltd was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who accused the company of making misleading or false claims that many of its products were hand […]

FAKE ABORIGINAL ART HARMS INDIGENOUS CULTURE

By Shon Ho. Tourists with ice creams in hand are milling about souvenir shops scattered along the mouth of Circular Quay on Sunday afternoon. The shops sport gaudy shelves of back scratchers, bottle openers and “noodle kitchen sets” printed with a Frankenstein pastiche of Aboriginal style art. The “Handmade Australia” painted across the base of […]

The fight against fake Aboriginal art

BY ANNA FREELAND   The sale of artwork as 'Aboriginal' when it is neither of indigenous origins nor provides income to Indigenous communities is an issue that infuriates Aboriginal artists. Following cuts to the Australia Council by the Federal Government last year, funding remains a significant issue for the Arts sector at large. For Indigenous artists, however, the problems […]

Dodgy art deals on Leichhardt Council’s radar

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS A panel discussion about the ethics of buying and selling Indigenous art will take place in Leichhardt to address community concerns over recent unethical sales of indigenous art. The panel discussion, which will take place at Leichhardt Town Hall on September 17, will be moderated by prominent author and advertising writer Jane Caro, […]