Aboriginal Art Gallery - Better World Arts
"Better World Arts produces and sources high quality art and handicrafts using the traditional skills of artists and craftspeople. We work with people across the globe to showcase some of the best work from diverse cultures and ensure a fair distribution of profits.
Better World Arts recognises that culture is strengthened when traditional skills and life styles are valued and supported, and people are enabled to stay in their own communities. We believe business can be used to empower traditions, communities and people, and we aim to create innovative products and business structures which support local communities culturally and economically, and engage the global marketplace. We aim to create cultural and economic support, to multiply the benefits derived from our work, and to support a sustainable environment.
Better World Arts is promoting harmony, goodwill and economic links between communities across the globe whilst celebrating, supporting and sustaining the skills of artists and artisans from Australia and across the world."
You can visit our gallery in Port Adelaide, or the Central Market to see Aboriginal art and multi-cultural handicrafts. Alternatively, you can view our Aboriginal art online at any time.
Art is one of the finest expressions of the human spirit and handicrafts a deep felt expression of culture. Better World Arts bring together these exalted reflections of humanity, uniting the oldest living culture on earth with the finest handmade traditions of the silk road and beyond. Our works bring balance and symmetry. They nurture the soul of the artists, families and communities on all sides of the world. Let them embellish your life as well.
Better World Arts values and supports ancient cultures in Australia and globally. By developing new and innovative projects we can continue to distribute generous royalties to the artists, and support economic sustainability for communities in developing regions.
We step daily towards Reconcilliation, the right and responsibility of all Australians, not only the domain of government agencies.
We work on many levels to Close the Gap.
Better World Arts runs many programs, outside of and above and beyond our business relationship, programs that create opportunities for Aboriginal people, engaging them economically and culturally, supporting them socially and holistically.
We have an Aboriginal art gallery in Port Adelaide and in the Adelaide Central Market precinct, offering Aboriginal artworks and paintings for sale, along with a range of Aboriginal art based products, gifts and home-wares. In addition to our Aboriginal art gallery in Adelaide, we sell quality Aboriginal artwork online, as well as products derived from Aboriginal painting images.
Royalties & Profit sharing
The products using Aboriginal artwork images are licensed from the artists, and royalty payments are made on a monthly basis. We have been in this industry for a while and are confident that we pay generous royalties, the highest royalties that we know of. we also have agreements with some art centres whereby they share in the profits that we generate. We do not identify the specific percentage of royalties of profit sharing to third parties. This information is confidential. In the same way that other mainstream businesses and contractual arrangements are commercial in confidence, so too is the information and financial resources that belong to the artists. At times this is not acknowledged by the public. We are sharply defined on this issue. We trust that Aboriginal artists need to be making their own decisions in a well informed way. We have developed effective methods of bridging the westernised concepts of money and percentages to the artists who for the most part come from a non numerate culture.
Royalties from our use of Aboriginal art has created a sustainable income for artists involved for over 18 years now. Some of the Aboriginal artworks that are licensed belong to artists who have passed away. Their royalties are paid to next of kin. We have enabled a significant and ongoing legacy to their families.
Better World Studios
We do not cherry pick the best artists and try to restrict their relationships with others. Unless we are aware of contracts with another party that will prohibit a relationship with us we will welcome any Aboriginal person from remote regions to work with us. They can create their Aboriginal art and have the opportunity to sell it through our galleries. They may also have their images made into product that will generate royalties for years to come. Most images that are selected pay more in terms of royalties than the original artwork generated, sometimes many times over. The works in our Adelaide art gallery and our online Aboriginal art gallery bring many opportunities to the artists and their families. All agreements we have with artists are non exclusive, as we believe Aboriginal people should have choice.
By offering a place to buy Aboriginal art online, Better World Arts recognises that cultural practices maintain culture and help to keep communities strong and healthy. . This reflects our projects overseas, again with people living in remote regions and needing to maintain culture and economic viability in a fast changing industrialised globalised world. By developing new and innovative projects we can continue to distribute generous royalties to the artists, and support economic sustainability for communities in developing regions.
At Better World Arts, we also work on many levels to Close the Gap. Together, we step daily towards Reconciliation, the right and responsibility of all Australians, not only the domain of government agencies.
Better World Arts runs many programs, outside of and above and beyond our business relationships. These programs are designed to create opportunities for Aboriginal people, engaging them economically and culturally, whilst supporting them socially and holistically.
Introduction to Aboriginal Art
Aboriginal art is based on important traditional stories and symbols originating from 'The Dreaming'. During the Dreaming the Australian Aboriginal world was created, and extends from the distant past to our present. The Dreaming still exists today and forms the rich spiritual fabric that Aboriginal life emanates from. Traditional "Tjukurpa" Dreaming stories are ancient, and relate not only to the Australian landscape but to the whole planet and the cosmos. The oral tradition of the Australian Aboriginal peoples provide a thread that connects us all back to our most distant ancestors. There are similarities between some Aboriginal dreaming stories and those of other ancient cultures. For example, the Many Sisters (also known as the Seven Sisters) can be found in many traditions across the globe. In Aboriginal culture this story has a chapter that belongs on the Pitjantjatjara Lands, another chapter that belongs in Warlpiri country, and so it goes on tracing its way through the many cultural groups that make up the peoples we refer to as Aboriginal. Their Tjukurpa define individual language and territorial groups, and at the same time links them together.
The power of Aboriginal art may lie not only in the rich and multi-dimensional Tjukurpa but also in the fact that there was no written language as we understand it. Some Aboriginal art is similar to a language, and can very clearly tell a story to those who know how to read it.
Our Aboriginal art gallery in Port Adelaide hosts many practicing artists who are for various reasons displaced from their traditional lands. Here we offer a functional studio space and a multitude of other support resources. Our Aboriginal art gallery in the vibrant Central Market precinct brings Aboriginal art to a convenient location for locals and visitors to South Australia. We also have an online art gallery showcasing an extensive catalogue of Aboriginal art and also provides Tjukurpa (stories) that relate to the images.
In both our online art gallery and Aboriginal art gallery in Adelaide, we have a broad selection of Aboriginal art for sale. Our Aboriginal art for sale includes works produced by both emerging and well-practiced and exhibited artists. We offer Aboriginal paintings, artworks and handicrafts. At Better World Arts, it is our aim to make Aboriginal art accessible to everyone. You can purchase Aboriginal art or art reproduced in prices ranging from just a few dollars upwards. Please feel free to browse through our pages of Aboriginal art online. Here you will also find many cross cultural products that we have created using the beautiful and diverse images of Australian Aboriginal artists.
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