• ARTISTS

          Cooee Art has built long-term relationships with Aboriginal and First Nations artists and their not for profit art centres since 1981.

          Our gallery team travels regularly to remote areas of Australia to meet with artists and develop our exhibition program.

        • Auction Artists

          Cooee Art Auctions works with artists bi-annually across two separate departments – Indigenous Fine Art and Modern & Contemporary Fine Art.

          Read through the profiles and market analysis for the top 200 Indigenous artists

        • SHOP ARTWORKS

          Cooee Art curates ethically sourced art from Australian Indigenous communities that we have formed relationships with for 40 years.

          Our gallery team travels regularly to remote areas of Australia to meet with artists to consign artworks.

        • New Arrivals

          Cooee Art gallery artworks arrive in our online shop and our gallery spaces weekly.

          Shop new arrivals that coincide with our monthly exhibition program.

        • All Artworks

          Shop online from the full portfolio of available Cooee Art artworks – paintings, sculptures, fine art prints and artisanal objects ranging from $100 – $500k.

        • EXHIBITIONS

          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.

        • Current

          Cooee Art presents monthly solo and group exhibitions in the Paddington gallery supported by public programs including artist talks and workshops.

        • Future

          Explore forthcoming exhibitions in the Cooee Art galleries and our special event program.

        • AUCTIONS

          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. 

        • Indigenous Fine Art

          Cooee Art Auctions offers bi-annual auctions of significant and highly-collectible Australian Indigenous artworks.

          Our Art Market Analytics provides comprehensive artist profiles and market analytics on Australia’s 200 most important Aboriginal artists.

        • Modern & Contemporary Fine Art

          Introducing Modern and Contemporary Australian and international art.

          We seek to establish new benchmarks for pricing and documentation for artists in the secondary art market

        • Art Market Analytics

          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.

        • Artist Profiles

          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.

        • Consultancy

          The Cooee Art team has been providing expert advice for over 40 years in a Consultancy capacity to offer a breadth of services for the business side of art.

        • Valuations

          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.

        • ABOUT

          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.

  • Contact

Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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ART OF THE NORTH

Posted: 03/08/2021
By:nodadev

From Cairns to Cooktown, Indigenous artists and tourism operators are helping to make Tropical North Queensland a tempting destination for the culturally curious. Australian author Anita Heiss takes the tour.

In Wiradjuri country in central NSW, from where I hail, dot painting is not part of our past cultural tradition; rather, carved and decorated boomerangs and shields were significant. That’s neither here nor there, as I have no art and craft skills anyway. But when most people think of Indigenous Australian art and culture, the Red Centre often comes to mind: Uluru, dot paintings and didgeridoos. However, the highest concentration of Indigenous people is on the eastern seaboard, with Queensland having the second-largest population after New South Wales. So rather than reflecting the red earth of the desert, Indigenous art from Tropical North Queensland is dominated by the opal blues of the sea and rich rainforest greens.

Despite such jewels as the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest, it is the region’s other gems that are sparkling. The picturesque path from Cairns to Cooktown now has a thriving Indigenous cultural tourism industry. Artists and operators are increasingly adapting and diversifying their practices, fusing materials and stories that are thousands of years old with those of the 21st century. Queensland encapsulates the best of natural and manmade experiences. Bag a canvas by promising artists, learn to spearfish among the mangroves or go on a guided Indigenous Dreamtime walk and learn to decipher rock art.

Cairns

From August 17 to 19, the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal – which stands on the traditional land of the Yindinji people – will be the venue for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (www.ciaf.com.au), showcasing works by more than 300 Indigenous visual artists. There will be painting, sculpture, photography, weaving and ceramics from 24 Indigenous arts centres – including Pormpuraaw Lockhart River and Badu Island – and commercial galleries.

With former National Gallery of Australia curator Avril Quaill at the helm for the second time, and high-profile curator Hetti Perkins assisting, this year’s fair is sure to attract more than the 13,000 visitors of 2011, adding significantly to the $4.1m infected into the local economy in the past three years. Queensland is the only Australian state home to two unique Indigenous cultures – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – and the fair reflects both in its programming.

Renowned artist and filmmaker Destiny Deacon of the Ku’a Ku’a and Erub/Mer people is keynote speaker, while acclaimed artist and illustrator Arone Meeks, from Laura, is exhibiting. But Quaill’s tip is to look out for the emerging artists in the Big Wet Project, especially Justin Majid. And, she warns, ‘Don’t expect to see typically red earth-related pieces, because much of the art work reflects the lush tropical landscape and surrounding coral reef.”

Now in its fourth year, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is touted as the premier event of its kind, attracting discerning collectors, gallery curators and tourists from around the globe. More importantly, it’s a place where visitors can get a unique taste of Indigenous culture as they participate in a diverse program of art forums, music, dance and children’s activities. In this respect, the CIAF has more resemblance to a festival of culture than it has to an art fair.

Can’t make it to the fair? Satellite venues such as the Canopy Artspace, home to Torres Strait Islander artists Dennis Nona and Alick Tipoti (www.canopyarts.com) and UMI Arts (www.umiarts.com.au), the region’s peak Indigenous arts and culture organisation, have permanent galleries and shopfronts. Avoid the ‘made in china’ art found in cheap tourist shops and head to either of these galleries, where visitors can often meet local artists. UMI Arts also has a market on the Cairns Esplanade on the last Friday of every month (May-October) with arts, crafts, performance, music, dance and food.

Cooktown

An adventurous drive along the Bloomfield track – with a stock at the eclectic and rustic Lion Den Pub along the way – or a quick scenic flight from Cairns, Cooktown is home to Guurrbi Tours (www.guurrbitours.com), led by the generous-spirited Willie Gordon, a Nugal-warra elder and story keeper. Far from an average bushwalk, Gordon’s tours help local and overseas visitors understand connection to country and the importance of birth and death rituals among his people. Guests are taught how to read the land and rock art, and to consider the link between spirituality, education and the economy.

Port Douglas

Like most Indigenous Australians, I live in an urban setting where mangroves aren’t common and hunting for bush tucker occurs in the supermarket. So while somewhat daunted by the prospect of slipping off my sling-backs, sinking into mudflats and manoeuvring myself through the mangroves, the experience of visiting the traditional fishing grounds of Linc and Brandon Walker, brothers who run Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours (07 4098 3437), is too good to pass up. A quick lesson in spear-throwing on the sand at Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), 10 minutes north of Port Douglas, proves that I am on target when aiming at a coconut, but the crabs and fish elude me. A good day will bring in mud and sand crabs, mangrove worms, periwinkles and mussels. But no-one goes hungry on these tours, because the hosts cook up a feast. A fusion of bush tucker – chilli crab and turtle fried rice, for example – awaits visitors at the brothers’ home base, to be washed down with the juice of coconuts fresh from a nearby tree.

Mossman Gorge

Eco-friendly Mossman Gorge Centre (www.mossmangorge.com.au), the vision of local elder Roy Gibson, opened in June. It has an art gallery exhibiting work by local community artists, a contemporary bush tucker café (with barramundi and tiger prawn spring rolls) and a training centre for future employees. The traditional owners of the Gorge, the Kuku Yalanji, offer guided walks.

The infectious enthusiasm of Brian Swindley – better known as “Binna” – makes it impossible for even the artistically bereft not to participate in his painting workshop at Janbal Gallery in Mossman township (www.janbalgallery.com.au). A talented artist, Binna is also a teacher, curator and owner/operator of the enterprise.

Anita Heiss’ Am I Black Enough For You? Is out now (Bantam Australia)

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

ABORIGINAL FINE ART GALLERY, PURCHASE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART, CONTEMPORARY AND ABORIGINAL ART FOR SALE – SYDNEY

Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021