Cooee Art was established in 1981 and is Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery.
The gallery has presented the finest Aboriginal and First Nations art through their exhibition program for over 40 years showing the work of over 150 individual artists.
The Cooee Art stockroom includes contemporary Aboriginal paintings, rare bark paintings and artefacts, early desert boards and acrylic paintings as well as sculpture and limited edition fine art prints.
Cooee Art Auctions provide an informed and professional approach to buying and selling art in the secondary market. We are a market leader with specialist knowledge and proven results.
We offer collectable Australian and International artworks for sale by auction and private treaty.
Cooee Art Auctions work with artists, galleries, museums and private collections bi-annually to curate and consign artworks across two separate departments – Indigenous Fine Art and Modern & Contemporary Fine Art.
Our auctions and previews for potential buyers and collectors are presented in the Cooee Art premium 480sqm hybrid gallery and auction space in Paddington.
Cooee Art has created a comprehensive art market analytics tool with easy navigation. The information we provide is designed to be an invaluable resource for art consultants, valuers, and industry professionals and to serve the interests of artists, galleries, institutions, art centres, collectors and researchers.
Each artist is ranked according to their career, and annual artist ranking index. Detailed profiles, market analysis and performance indicators are provided for a growing list of artists along with the artworks that have achieved their ten highest results at auction.
Current Indigenous Art Market
Provides professional advice on the Indigenous art market in line with other investment categories, thereby serving the interests of artists, galleries and collectors.
Cooee Art Founding Director Adrian Newstead OAM has more than 20 years experience in valuing Aboriginal art and artefacts (pre-contact to Contemporary).
EXHIBITION AND EVENT MANAGEMENT
Cooee Art curates and coordinates exhibitions on behalf of charitable organisations, commercial businesses and galleries in Australia and overseas utilising its extensive contacts with individual artists, artists’ agents, galleries and important private and public collections.
Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
Founding Director | Indigenous Fine Art Consultant
Adrian Newstead OAM established Cooee Gallery in 1981. A prominent retailer in Sydney’s Paddington precinct through the 1980s and 1990s, Adrian was the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the joint Council working party for more than a decade, steering the rezoning and streetscape refurbishments of this lively tourism precinct through both Woolhara and South Sydney councils.
Mirri Leven is the Managing Director and co-owner of Cooee Art. Leven holds a double degree in International Development and Fine Arts, as well as a Masters degree in Art Administration from the UNSW College of Fine Art. She joined Cooee Art in 2007 and over the past 14 years has developed its gallery program, including exhibitions all over Australia and abroad. In 2016, she spearheaded the opening of Cooee’s Paddington gallery and in 2021 the flagship gallery in Redfern. One year later she launched the Auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions and was a board for the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia.
Anne lived overseas for 15 years mainly in New York after completing her studies at Sydney University in the late 1960s. She has travelled extensively to communities throughout Aboriginal Australia since marrying Adrian in 1983. Particularly interested in Aboriginal fabrics, she worked throughout the 1980s and 1990s developing and producing the range of furnishings and clothing retailed by Cooee’s Paddington emporium. These were included in many important American and European promotions. Anne is a practiced conservator of Aboriginal artworks and assists with the care and maintenance of the gallery’s extensive stockroom.
Auction Department | Indigenous Fine Art Specialist
Auction Department | Indigenous Fine Art Specialist
Educated in Fine Art at RMIT, Emma joined Cooee Art in 2016 as its Paddington gallery Manager. In 2019, she became the Indigenous Auction Specialist for the bi-annual Cooee Art Auctions. Emma has a long history of employment in the arts, including positions at international institutions, commercial galleries, and private collections.
Over the past decade, Renata has helped facilitate over 100 exhibitions nationally and internationally and has worked for a variety of commercial galleries, artist run initiatives, arts festivals, and major art institutions, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Art.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania, with a major in Graphic Design, and a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney. Renata first joined Cooee Art in 2011 as the Gallery Assistant, returning in 2018 as their Digital Content Curator.
Hayley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at National Art School here in Sydney. Since then, she’s traveled and worked at many places including NG Art Gallery, Sculpture by the Sea and for 4 years she was Gallery Assistant at Liverpool Street Gallery. In September 2019 she joined Cooee Art Gallery as the Paddington Gallery Assistant and is now the Gallery Manager in Redfern. A couple of her favourite artists are Makinti Napangka and Dorothy Napangardi.
Sam Ramsden, in his second stint with Cooee Art, brings on board twelve years of art-world experience. The son of an artist and a critic, Sam has worked in galleries across Berlin and Sydney, including his first job at the legendary Galerie Eigen + Art in Berlin from the age of 13, The Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney, which he managed in its final years before opening his own, The New Standard Gallery which ran from 2016 to 2018. Sam now returns to Cooee Art as the Gallery Technician.