Art is one of the finest expressions of the human spirit and handicrafts a deep-felt expression of culture. Better World Arts bring together these exalted reflections of humanity, uniting the oldest living culture on earth with the finest handmade traditions of the silk road and beyond. Our works bring balance and symmetry, nurturing the souls of the artists, their families and communities on all sides of the world. Let them embellish your life as well. Aboriginal communities from remote Australia have limited opportunities to engage in the mainstream economy in culturally appropriate ways. English is usually their 2nd or 3rd language, or not spoken at all. Aboriginal communities suffer a high level of disadvantage.
Better World Arts has made payments directly to artists and art centres that now totals in the millions of dollars. This money goes directly into artists’ pockets. Better World Arts continues to build upon the skills Aboriginal people have and turn these into cash that is regular and sustained. Handicraft communities in Kashmir, India and Peru benefit economically and culturally. Again, these villages are usually remote and opportunities to earn cash are limited. A strong handicraft industry alleviates the peaks and troughs in work load and cash returns, and provides income insurance for families. The handicrafts themselves are unique to these particular regions. By developing new and innovative projects, we continue to distribute generous royalties to artists and support economic sustainability for communities in developing regions. People are always interested in the benefits given to the artists through our projects.
We start with a painting which is chosen because of its quality of design and colour and the ability of the image to translate into a different medium. Some images will work in the medium of chain stitch, some on lacquer ware and others are perfect for printing onto bone china. This beautifully designed range of hand crafted products is then sold to many places across Australia, the USA and Europe including Cultural Institutions such as museums and public galleries. At the end of each month all sales are downloaded. This information is then used to calculate the royalties. Royalties are calculated as a percentage of the total sales for each artist. We don’t reveal the actual percentage paid to artists because we have license contracts with the artists which are confidential, as is usual with all contracts between any two parties. Artists receive the royalty payments monthly. On the alternate fortnight of each month the artists receive payment for paintings. The alternation of royalty and painting payments gives the artists a fortnightly income. Ninbella has been very proud to be deeply involved and to have strongly supported these projects for over 12 years.
OUR COLLABORATION with TJANPI DESERT WEAVERS:
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council created to enable women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi field officers regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place. Tjanpi also runs public weaving workshops at a gallery in Alice Springs, it regularly exhibits work in national galleries right through to facilitating commissions for public institutions and collectors. Tjanpi weaving is now firmly embedded in contemporary Central and Western Desert culture as a movement that celebrates life, creativity and country.
OUR COLLABORATION with WARLUKURLANGU CORPORATION:
Producing gloriously coloured artworks and sculptures and supporting the Aboriginal community of Yuendumu since 1985. Warlukurlangu Artists is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. Warlukurlangu Artists is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support. Warlukurlangu Artists is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support. Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia. Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited-edition prints. The art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.
Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu. It is a fundamental aim of Warlukurlangu Artists to share Warlpiri culture and in addition, to increase awareness about Aboriginal culture generally, and to broadly support Indigenous causes. Over the years Warlukurlangu Artists has supported its own community and other organisations working to improve conditions for Aboriginal people. It has contributed funds or artworks for fund-raising to many projects. Ninbella has worked with Warlukurlangu Artists for 3 years and we are very proud to support these young and evolving artists.