THE VALUE IN STICKING TO YOUR VALUES… Staying true to their values is what owners of South Fremantle business Artitja Fine Art believe landed them the Corporate Social Responsibility gong at this year’s 2016 Fremantle Business Awards held last Friday night. With no walk in, bricks and mortar space, the Indigenous Fine Art Gallery is unusual. In 2004, owners Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke began holding ‘pop up’ exhibitions showing art from remote Indigenous communities and in between operating privately by appointment. They realized this concept worked and have run with it ever since. Twelve years on, and having weathered many changes in the Aboriginal art world the business model continues with a growing and loyal following. “Operating much of the time by appointment does make us a bit of a secret I guess” says Director Anna Kanaris “but once people find us, word is quickly passed around. Word of mouth is our greatest asset, and our reputation depends on it. It is how we have survived. It also keeps us on our toes and assures we hold on to the integrity and values we hold dear and operate under”. At a time of uncertainty about ethical sourcing and proper practice in Indigenous art, it is a feather in the cap of Artitja Fine Art to have received this prestigious award at the annual event held by the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce. “Being recipients of this award is not something we accept lightly, it is a serious and important affirmation of who we are and how we operate. But more importantly in a difficult art market and economy, it keeps us energized and motivated to move forward working harder and harder for all the wonderful and talented Indigenous artists whom we represent” Last year, Artitja Fine Art received a High Commendation in Excellence in Enterprise and Innovation at the Awards. “Last year it was a paper award and that was cause for celebration – this year we received the Perspex – and that is a great incentive for all the hard work!” says Kanaris. --------------------------------------------------------- Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke are available for interview. High quality resolution images are available upon request. All media enquiries to Anna (08) 9336 7787 (m) 0418 900 954 [email protected] www.artitja.com.au Artitja Fine Art specialises in art from remote Australian communities and was founded in 2004 by former ABC journalist, Anna Kanaris and partner Arthur Clarke.
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Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke established Artitja Fine Art in 2004, inspired by a love of the art and a deep respect for ancient Australian Aboriginal culture and tradition. “Our aim is in connecting cultures through the art. Quality Aboriginal art is not just beautiful, it provides insights into Indigenous stories and Tjurrkupa (dreamings). Within Australia and internationally, the art plays an important role as a medium for connection between very different cultures.”