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About Us


The Association of Northern Central Australian Aboriginal Artists (ANCAAA) was originally established in March 1987, by 16 Aboriginal owned and controlled community art and craft centres from NT, WA and SA. Its main function was to foster the Aboriginal arts industry for the benefit of its artists and organisations. In 1992 the Central region incorporated to become Desart. At this time ANCAAA changed its name to ANKAAA by substituting Kimberley for Central. Today, ANKAAA represents up to 5,000 Artists from 43 art and craft centres located in the Tiwi Islands and the Darwin/Katherine, Kimberley, and Arnhem Land regions.

The core mission of ANKAAA defined by the members and Board of Directors in December 2007 is to serve our members by working together to:
• keep art, culture and country strong
• support the development of strong sustainable art centres
• develop training and professional pathways for young people to learn
• keep our voices strong and respected and
• support the continuing development of the Indigenous arts industry for our artists.

This is achieved through working with members, Art Centres’ governing committees and staff in the following areas:
• Consultation (listening to members)
• Advocacy & Lobbying (talking up for members and Art Centres protecting artists’ rights)
• Resourcing and supporting (helping and giving information)
• Training (teaching)
• Referral and networking (putting members in touch with each other and other organisations and resources)
• Marketing and Promotion (telling people about Art Centres and artists)

ANKAAA is non profit government funded Aboriginal Association. ANKAAA’s main operational funding is provided by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) through the National Arts & Crafts Industry Support Strategy (NACISS) program. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council of the Arts and Arts NT (NRETA) fund ANKAAA to achieve the outcomes of the Business Plan. Country Arts WA has also funded ANKAAA activities in recent years.



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