Published in the Australian Financial Review, 9 October 2015
The market for Aboriginal art could be reignited if proposed changes to export restrictions are enacted, according to industry professionals including consultants Tim Klingender and D’lan Davidson.
The Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act controls what culturally important material can leave the country, from Ned Kelly’s armour to art and craft objects. Arts lawyer Shane Simpson AM, who has just handed up his far reaching review of the Act to the government, says the current export system is time consuming and confusing, and has failed to balance the need to protect significant objects with maintaining “legitimate trade”.
Art consultant Tim Klingender says he saw a global market for Aboriginal art developing 20 years ago, but the introduction of the “well-meaning” legislation in 1986 largely quashed the interest of international collectors.