An Ethical Approach Supporting Aboriginal Communities & Culture
Fair trade with Indigenous Australian artists is our priority and being a supporter of the Indigenous Art Code is our guarantee that all of Marana’s artworks have been ethically sourced. Every painting is delivered with an Indigenous Art Code-endorsed Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing fair and reasonable payment to the artist. All paintings also come with a biography of the artist. In most cases, a story of the artwork and photograph of the artist accompanies their work.
Most of our artists live in small communities. At the heart of these extremely remote villages are community art centres. Managed by Aboriginal-owned cooperatives, community art centres are a meeting place to share stories, discuss ideas and, of course, to paint.
Painting creates a good source of income for the artists while improving the standard of living in the communities and ensuring that the Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories are passed down to the younger generation. Community art centres also act to protect artists from receiving inadequate payment through undesirable trade, to develop emerging artists, and to work to increase Westerners understanding of this remarkable, ancient culture.
These centres provide Aboriginal Australia with a wide-ranging lifeline. They are an important hub for elders, artists and the younger generation. They fund cultural events and community initiatives while safeguarding fair payment for the artworks, directly distributing funds that equitably support the artist and their community.
In remote areas where employment opportunities are scarce, partnering with community art centres provides vital social and economic benefits. Profits not only put food on the table, they help preserve a proud peoples’ heritage. Every painting tells the story of an ancient culture; every purchase is ethical; every purchase supports the community and its future prosperity.