After today’s Indigenous arts | business workshop I found myself in an impromptu catch up with Nancy, Alice and Damien, all of whom are Murra Indigenous business alumni. Continue reading “Murra catch up at the SLQ”
It’s been two weeks since I was in Sydney, and a week since we returned from Canberra for the Fake Art Harms campaign. I was originally heading there to participate in the Indigenous Professionals Closing the Gap event with the Prime Minister. But, as a representative on Viscopy and FACCI, I headed to Canberra to participate in a day of lobbying as part of the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign. Other members of the delegation included Indigenous Art Code, ArtsLaw, and ANKAA. Continue reading “Fake Art Harms Aboriginal Culture Campaign”
I’m not an event manager. I’m happy to conceive of them, but organising them – the nitty gritty – is just not my forte. Continue reading “Building our local Indigenous business capability”
Today we had our second meeting of the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference group. Continue reading “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Business & Innovation Reference Group”
I flew to Sydney for a meeting of the Fake Art Harms Culture working group. Facilitated by Indigenous Art Code and Arts Law, and with Viscopy the campaign was designed to draw attention to the proliferation of fake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art being produced overseas and in Australia, and the sold in Australia. Continue reading “Fake Art Harms Culture #fakeartharms”
Earlier in the year I was asked to join the Minister Leeanne Enoch’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group. The Reference Group will be formed for 12 months and will meet 4 times in 2017. It’s the first Reference Group of its nature – for business – ever established in Queensland. There are representatives from all across Queensland and across different sectors. Continue reading “One William Street, Brisbane”
For the past month I’ve been negotiating undertaking training for some Gold Coast/South Brisbane Indigenous business owners in the construction industry. With the upcoming Commonwealth Games, governments are trying to ensure that there’s room for Indigenous business owners to take advantage of any opportunities. Most of the blokes (at this stage they’re exclusively men) are small owner-operators. Tonight I had my first one-on-one training session. He was a good hard-working guy who is strong in his trade but isn’t confident using the computer nor social media. Continue reading “If you build it, they don’t always come: when does having a Facebook page not really work for your client?”
I’ve been operating a business in some form or another since 1994. We started out delivering Goori (Indigenous) studies to schools. Then we created and sold books. Today we’re selling books, shirts, and services (websites, graphic design etc) and a bit of art work. All is good. We seem to manage to ride the peaks and troughs of small business. But over the twenty-odd years of being in trade, every year there’s some friggin peanut and their racist (and high and mighty) ideology who will expect you to justify your business.
Over the years I’ve had all kinds of comments about how my business, because it’s Aboriginal, should somehow be free.
- For a start, I’m not running a charity. If you want to endow me with a couple of billion, I’d be happy to run a charity for you. But you’re not, so keep walking dude.
- Where’s the money going? It’s going to put petrol in my car, pay my electricity bill, buy food for my family, pay my mortgage. Or maybe it’s going into a nice hairdo, or that cool jacket I really want to buy, or it’s going to a holiday. But really it’s none of your fucking business where I spend my money. I own the business (yes, I started and OWN this business with my sweat and dollars) and the only one who gets a claim on my revenue is the Tax Office.
- Apparently Aboriginal art should be made free to all and sundry because of it’s spiritual meaning. Yeah? Well that canvas just cost me $1000, so you can stick this spiritual piece of charcoal up to goona-hole.