• 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.

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

How to Buy Aboriginal Art

What is the role of indigenous art centres?

Art centres exist to assist artists living in remote communities. They enable artists to engage in enterprise and participate in the art market. In many cases they help their members meet wider cultural objectives and obligations. They help artists sell their work to gallerists all over the world. They coordinate and organise exhibitions with galleries and institutions. They nurture artists, provide art materials and often coordinate between communities and remote out-stations.

Do I have to buy through an art centre?

No. A large number of artists have never worked through an art centre. This includes almost 60% of the 100 most successful and important artists of all time. For a large number of these there was no art centre within 100s of kms of where they lived. Many artists prefer to look after their own affairs rather than work through a collective.
Many artists live outside of communities or move in and out as ‘orbiters’ only returning to the hearth of their families for important cultural gatherings. Others live in cities and country towns where they can educate their children and enjoy greater opportunities economically and culturally. There are a large number of independent urban artists, many of whom have agents or gallery representation along the lines of the white representative model, and more than 300 artists belong to the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA) making an independent living and engaging with the art market on their own terms.

That said, art centres provide invaluable resources to artists in the relatively few communities in which they operate and do a very good job.

How do I ensure best practice?

The Government funded Indigenous Art Code recommends asking the following questions before buying an artwork from a gallery or dealer.

• Are you a member of the IAC?
• Who is the artist?
• Where is the artist from?
• How did you get the artwork in your gallery?
• How was the artist paid for their work?
• If it is a reproduction – how were royalties or fees paid to the artist?

Ensure that the gallery and/or consultant you are dealing with is a member of as many ethically based professional organisations as possible. For example, our own gallery, Cooee Art, is a member of the ACAA, I Art Code, AAAA and AVAA. Each has rigorous and enforceable membership criteria and ethical standards.

ACAA – Art Consulting Association of Australia
IAC – Indigenous Art Code
AAAA – Aboriginal Art Association of Australia
AVAA – Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia

How do I learn about best practice?

Buyers should not feel that they are in an ethical dilemma when wanting to buy Indigenous art. Find a trusted advisor/consultant/gallery that is held in high standing within the wider arts community. Exhibiting galleries are preferred to retail shops. If they belong to professional organisations you can have confidence that their bone fides have been scrutenised thoroughly. To become a member, they must adhere to ethical principles and sign documents that guarantee their good conduct and best practice. You can find these standards on each of the advocacy body websites.

Are there trends in ‘contemporary’ Aboriginal art that differ from ‘traditional’ Aboriginal art?

The defining feature of the Aboriginal art market has been the accelerating change in consumer taste over the last 60 years. A large number of buyers will always be interested in the latest or newest art community, and the hottest artist of the moment. In this regard the Aboriginal art market differs little from the mainstream contemporary art market. Indigenous Australian art is made up of many cultural movements and specific regional art styles. Over time the leading exponents of each of these movements are the ones whose works become the most collectable. That said, the art world is full of mediocre artists who have made it and great artists who have not. So, it pays to take advice from a specialist or gallery with a long track record and a better overview of the history of the movement. Our own gallery, Cooee Art is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery having been in operation for 40 years.

REDFERN GALLERY

17 Thurlow Street,
Redfern, NSW, 2016

p. +61 (02) 9300 9233
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am till 5pm

BONDI BEACH GALLERY

31 Lamrock Avenue
Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

p. +61 (02) 9300 9233
Opening Hours:
Open by appointment

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

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