Maraku Munipi Wirr

A Word About Free Trade

During the past four decades the valuation of Aboriginal art has increased exponentially, driven by a growing public awareness of its power, uniqueness and quality. The dramatic rise in prices for Australian Aboriginal art has, unfortunately, resulted in the exploitation of vulnerable indigenous artists as well as the attendant development of gray market practices where pieces of questionable quality and provenance are offered to the public as legitimate masterworks.

Gallery Sydney-East is committed to ensuring that each Aboriginal artist we represent has been fully compensated for his or her work. To this end, we support the efforts of two important organizations representing the interests of indigenous art centers across Australia, namely, the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA) and the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Centres (DESART).

Gallery Sydney-East works directly with art center staff and directors, and with the artists in each community who sell their works through the centers. Our number one priority is to represent each artist fully, fairly and with dignity. Gallery Sydney-East provides a fully-documented provenance for each painting that includes the art center’s original catalog number, a certificate issued by the respective art center, and a description by the art center explaining the “story” being represented by the artist. Further, we provide a thirty-day, full-refund return policy on all art represented through the gallery.

Prospective clients are strongly encouraged to review ANKAAA’s web sites prior to purchasing Aboriginal art ( and Brochures and newsletters from ANKAAA are available at Gallery Sydney-East and on-line, and we are pleased to provide references to principals at the art centers upon request.

Wirrimanu (Balgo) is the remote location of the internationally-renowned Warlayirti Arts Center. Wirrimanu has a population of around 450 and is one of the eastermost villages in Western Australia.
Maruku Arts Center is located near the sacred Aboriginal site of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Uluru is one of the most visited Aboriginal sites in Australia.
Munupi Arts and Crafts Association is situated at Pularumpi on Melville Island in the Northern Territory. One of several Aboriginal art centers in the Tiwi Islands, Munupi is easily accessed by air from Darwin.