• 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.

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Industry Articles & Reviews

Commercial implications of newly announced changes to the Moveable Cultural Heritage Act in relation to exporting Australian Indigenous art.

Posted: 03/08/2021
By:nodadev

Cooee Art recognises that retaining Australian culturally significant objects is vital to the nation’s identity and respects the work of Mr Shane Simpson AM.

In July 2015, it was announced that the Hon. George Brandis, then Federal Minister for the Arts had appointed Mr Shane Simpson AM to undertake a review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act (PMCH Act) and its regulations. Exactly one week prior to the due date, 30 September 2015, the Hon Mitch Fifield replaced Brandis as the Minister. Though Simpson consulted widely in formulating his recommendations and submitted the report on schedule, Fifield sat on it for more than three years, and during that period, Simpson’s recommendations languished – they were not canvassed publicly for industry scrutiny or comment.

This week the new Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018 were finally announced.

 

 

Although the changes were designed to simplify the act, remove anachronistic regulations and streamline compliance, a number of the changes lack foresight and represent a significant lost opportunity.

Under the previous regulations ‘fine art objects of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage’ required export permits if they were valued at AUD$10,000 or more and were created over 20 years ago. The act, last amended in 1986, therefore captured works of art created prior to 1966. By 2018 however, it affected works created as late as 1998. Clearly, the law was out of touch with the rapid growth of the Aboriginal arts industry which saw sales of Aboriginal art exceed AUD$45 million by the mid 1990s with works by dozens of artists being sold in the primary market for sums in excess of AUD$10,000.

I do not intend to pick Simpson’s new regulations apart one at a time. YOU CAN READ THE NEW REGULATIONS IN DETAIL HERE. I’m clearly more interested in how they affect the Aboriginal art market at a time when institutions in Australia are starved of funds. Most find themselves unable to respond positively when offered works of heritage significance that appear for sale.

In the last 12 months alone, I have had the privilege to offer major collecting institutions Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth’s Creation I (sold to a private collector for AUD$2.1 million), and Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri’s magnificent 1971 Emu Dreaming (sold to a private overseas collector for AUD$110,000). All major Australian institutions were alerted to both of these important paintings, however, none competed for the works when offered at public sale.

One could argue about the value limits and the specific categories of cultural objects that are covered, (e.g. should every single early piece with some form of sacred imagery be forbidden from export?) however: the single biggest defect of the new regulations is that Simpson chose to increase the age limit from 20 to 30 years and $10,000 is now increase to $100,000 in each category of indigenous art. He therefore instituted the same defect in the new regulations that were inherent in the old. He set a time period that will, over time, become less and less relevant and more and more outdated.

Here’s a good example: Aboriginal desert paintings (including pre-1974 Aboriginal Papunya paintings), that do not include sacred and secret imagery will require a permit if they are more than 30 years of age and valued at AUD$100,000 or more. That’s anything made before the Australian Bicentennial in 1988 but within 10 years it will include every painting created by Emily Kame Kngwarreye. No less than 71 artworks by Kngwarreye have sold at public auction for more than AUD$100,000, not to mention the hundreds that have sold for sums in excess of that figure through art consultants and galleries. Or the work by Michael Nelson Tjakamarra recently sold by Sotheby’s to an overseas collector in London but where oh where are the Australian collectors or institutions willing to spend the AUD$687,875 that required to secure it?

Fifield will be completely unaware that at a time when the Aboriginal art industry faces its biggest challenge in two decades, and auction houses have turned their backs on Aboriginal art through sheer discouragement due to the scarcity of serious collectors, the sale of Michael Nelson’s painting in London was just the fillip the industry desperately needed.

Similarly, in ten years time, this will now capture works created by Rover Thomas, Paddy Jaminji (Jampin) and other Turkey Creek artists created between 1988 and 1998. I am at a loss to understand why this is of any significance. I’d be hard pushed to find a painting by any of them that exceeds the AUD$100,000 limit. Interestingly, 1998 was the first year that Paddy Bedford took up the brush. By 2028 all of his paintings will face export restrictions. No less than 22 of these have already sold for more than AUD$100,000 at public auction. Who knows how many will have exceeded that amount in a decade’s time?

Aboriginal bark paintings need only have been made prior to 1988 and be worth more than AUD$20,000 to fall under the act. Within 10 years this will include works created prior to 1998 and in two decades 2008. I wonder how the art centre managers in Maningrida and Yirrkala feel about this? There is no other way to say this – the new regulation pertaining to the resurgence of interest in bark painting is ridiculous, pure and simple.

During the past decade, the Aboriginal arts industry has seen artists such as Yannima Tommy Watson, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Naata Nungurrayi and Paddy Bedford achieve prices for their works that could only have been dreamed of formerly. Who knows what prices paintings by these and others who have yet to appear may achieve in the decades ahead?

In spite of the above, there is much to be pleased about in the clarity afforded by updating the act. No doubt there are many recommendations relating to other asset classes and taste cultures that make plenty of sense. But in an environment where 120 art centres and thousands of artists are absolutely reliant on a burgeoning market these regulations are in a number of significant areas, a wet blanket. It has taken over 30 years for the act to be amended. The recommendations sat on the minister’s desk for three years before approval. How long is it likely to be until inequities in the act are to be addressed once more?

Adrian Newstead OAM
20 December 2018

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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