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$2.5m Artery to Aboriginal Communities

on 07 20, 2011

Starting a gallery gave Sydney art lover Alesha Glennon a chance to give something back to the Aboriginal artists whose work she loved.

The Artery, which is nominated in this year’s City of Sydney Business Awards, has passed on almost $2.5 million in artwork sales to Aboriginal artists and their communities since opening in 2005.

“I’ve always been passionate about Aboriginal art, and I believe we need to foster and encourage the wealth of talent that exists in Aboriginal communities,” said Alesha Glennon, founder and director of The Artery.

“We work with Aboriginal artists from around Sydney, as well as groups in Central Australia, and support them by selling their beautiful artworks and returning all profits to Indigenous charities,” she said.

Charities like Yalari, which educates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in regional, rural and remote communities, and the Pools in Remote Areas Program, which builds and maintains swimming pools to reduce chronic ear infections amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids, have received money from artworks sold at The Artery.

“As a small, independent and not for profit gallery we work very hard to take an ethical and respectful approach to Aboriginal art, ensuring that our artists and their communities are empowered. We ensure they get a good price for their work and that their local communities benefit as well.”

“We hope that by being involved in this year’s Business Awards we will have the chance to be recognised for our commitment to sourcing and promoting beautiful and affordable contemporary Aboriginal art – after all, the more art we sell, the more we can return to the artists and their communities.”

As well as selling the artworks for an affordable price – meaning artists receive income throughout the year rather than during just one exhibition – The Artery supports and nurtures new artists by giving their artworks a venue. The Artery is also signatory to the Federal Government’s new Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct.

“It’s wonderful to see a small business like The Artery contributing so much to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, both through the sale of beautiful artworks, and through the money they donate to charities,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

“The City’s Business Awards are all about recognising innovation and leadership in the small business sector, and it’s clear that The Artery is taking the lead when it comes to promoting stunning artworks and giving back to the communities behind them.

“I encourage all small businesses in Sydney to take a leaf out of The Artery’s book and get involved in this year’s awards program – who knows where it might take you?”

Nominations and voting close on 22 July. Vote at www.sydneybusinessawards.com.au or via SMS – all votes go into the draw to win a $1500 cash prize!

The Business Award winners will be announced at the City of Sydney Business Awards Gala Dinner on 13 September 2011.

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