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The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association is one of two national organisations for persons and organisations experienced in the business of indigenous art. The other being the Indigenous Art Code.

Art.Trade had its genesis in Alice Springs in 1998 in the coming together of representatives from different industry groups, community art centres, Indigenous artists, art dealers, galleries, advocacy groups and academics.

At the time it was felt an Industry Body was long overdue. After several days of debate and discussion from all sectors, a Code of Ethics was hammered out and the Art Trade Association was established in November 1998.

Art.Trade recognises above all that the industry depends upon the creative genius of Indigenous artists producing cultural material and that the long term viability of the industry depends upon that culture remaining strong.