11 July
Angilyiya Mitchell painting at Blackstone- Papulankutja Artists WA

Media Release: Fake Art Harms Culture – what action is Government taking?


Fake Art Harms Culture

Dear Prime Minister,

The abundance of fake or inauthentic Aboriginal-style art and craft products available in Australia causes harm.  It violates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and destroys artist’s income streams.

I want to know that we are buying ethical products like the artwork and merchandise available here at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Are you going to support the Hon. Bob Katter’s Bill or other amendment to Australian Consumer Law?

Mr Katter’s Private Members Bill will lapse on

4 September, 2017

We need to know what action the Government is taking to fix this problem now.


Abe Muriata, Girramay Traditional Owner

And Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Leo B Akee – Chairperson, UMI Arts

Arone Meeks, Kuku Midigi man and artists living and working in Cairns and Far North QLD.

Elverina Johnson, Kunganji Artist – 2017 National NAIDOC Award Winner – Artist of the Year, Yarrabah QLD

Bibi Barba, Dharumbal Artist and Artists in the Black Coordinator, Arts Law Centre of Australia

Robyn Ayres – CEO Arts Law Centre of Australia

Gabrielle Sullivan – CEO Indigenous Art Code


Will address the media Friday July 14 at

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – Art Market
Southern End Wharf 4

DATE: Friday 14 July

TIME: 9:00am

For media enquiries contact Gabrielle Sullivan CEO Indigenous Art Code

0438 637 862 [email protected]