Namatjira to Now: Tom Calma
Presentation by Tom Calma to the opening of the 'Namatjira to Now' Exhibition at Parliament House, Canberra, 26 November, 2014.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Namatjira to Now
Dr Tom Calma AO
Chair, Ninti One Pty Ltd
Ninti One is a not-for-profit company that builds
opportunities for people in remote Australia through
research, innovation and community development.
Ninti One also manages the CRC
for Remote Economic Participation
And external consultancy projects.
Introducing Ninti One
What is remote Australia and what does it mean
for mainstream Australia?
Co-operative Research Centre for Remote
Economic Participation (CRC-REP)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
• Informing the development of the
remote Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander art sector.
• Working collaboratively, the
project is investigating the
production, sale and
consumption of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander art.
• Aims to identify opportunities for
improving livelihoods of artists,
agents and other participants.
• Art centres are crucial parts of many of the communities
they operate in.
• There are around 90 in remote Australia, who work with
over 10,000 artists.
• They create social, cultural, creative and economic capital
for individuals and their communities.
• They are often the
only form of non-
welfare income in
• Art centres generate more than $30million in sales
directly into remote Australia every year.
• Total sales and total production have been increasing for
• However, this plays out in complicated ways as the
commercial art market is very sensitive to 'over-supply' -
especially during a time of tough conditions in the art
• Around 70% of artists are women and about a quarter are