• 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.

        • Auction 8 March 2022

          Introducing Auction March 8 2022 – 7pm start time.

          This auction offers 103 Australian Indigenous Fine Artwork and Artefacts

        • 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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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.

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Industry Articles & Reviews

The Gillian and Watson McAllister Collection

Posted: 12/09/2021
By:Mirri Leven

In November 1973, at the age of 25, Gillian and Watson McAllister emigrated to Sydney, Australia from Glasgow, Scotland.

After a year in Sydney they bought a Kombi van and set off on their ‘adventure of a lifetime’ around Australia. They headed north, just before cyclone Tracey destroyed Darwin, and washed up in Perth where they lived for the next 15 years.

In 1990, with Gillian’s long-service leave from the WA Education Dept, they resumed their journey round Australia and drove their old Land Rover to Kalgoorlie and Adelaide before heading north to Alice Springs and back to Darwin. Before too long, with their skills and experience, they became the Heads of Girls Boarding and Boys Boarding respectively at ‘the jewel in the crown’ for Aboriginal education in those days, Kormilda College in Darwin. There were 360 boarders when the school was full – close to 300 were aboriginal children from all over the Northern Territory, many from remote communities in Arnhem Land and around the Central Desert.

Gillian and Wason were therefore responsible for approximately 120 traditional Aboriginal students in each of their houses. This started their interest in aboriginal culture – They loved the kids and met their families when they came “up to town”. They even hosted a few parents and artists in the available bedsits in the dorms. Mervin Rubuntja and his family became a special friend and was artist-in-residence for a short period of time.

Through their work they went on to visit Oenpelli, Maningrida, Markolijban, the Tiwi Islands (Milikapiti and Pularumpi), Yuendumu, Nyirrpi, Willowra, Lajamanu, Alice Springs, 

Amoonguna, Ti-Tree, Kalkarindji, Bulman, Barunga, Minyerri, Numbulwar, Borroloola, Ngukurr, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Pepperminarti, Timber Creek, Pigeon Hole. They attended the Barunga Festival, local football matches on Tiwi the Tiwi Islands, and sporting days at Yuendumu; and they arranged for Cathy Freeman and the members of Yothu Yindi to visit and inspire the children in their care.

Everywhere they went they were welcomed by community leaders and parents because they looked after their children. In many of the communities they spent most of their modest salary at the art shop while other pieces in their collection were “gifted” as thanks for looking after their children, though they never had enough walls to hang it all on.  And so their love of the people and their art became a touchstone of the lives of these two very Scottish transplants to our shores.

Now both 73 years of age, they have moved into a small apartment they are selling the art and artefacts collected over a lifetime in the hope that others will love them as much as they have. They cherish the memories of their years in Darwin, and their bond with the ‘kids’, now ‘adults’ extends to their children and grandchildren. – it is a bond that lasts forever! 

Amongst them are Hermannsburg watercolours, Tiwi and Arnhem Land art and paintings and artefacts from the central Desert, Queensland and Western Australia. 

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Ngamaku Tarrika – For Mother and Father

9 June to 2 July 2022
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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

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