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Better World Arts has been operating for over two decades. Our role models were Oxfam, Fred Hollows (the Fred Hollows Foundation) and Anita Roddick (The Body Shop).

Initially, we worked with traditional handicrafts. In 1996 we invited Aboriginal artists to join our projects and soon after we decided to focus on the Aboriginal art side of the projects and left the normal handicrafts to others like Oxfam.

We work with traditional artisans from remote regions in Kashmir, Peru, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal (Tibetan refugees). More recently we have started working with China, making bone china and silk ties.

We work with Australian Aboriginal artists from remote communities across Australia, from Arnhem Land to Central and the Western Desert regions, from rural locations and from cities.

We work with IP belonging to artists and artisans. We protect this property with contracts and agreements, and take other steps like blocking our website for some countries. Artists own the images used and it is up to them regarding how it can be used. Artisan groups own the IP for various handicrafts which are indigenous to various regions and cultural groups. We contract with the owners of these various handicraft styles, rather than buying them from other sources outside. We find the quality is better and we are respecting the IP of the cultural groups.

Artists benefit from royalties paid to them on a monthly basis. Art centres benefit from a substantial profit share paid on their investments.

Artisans benefit by having culturally appropriate opportunities, they are able to supplement rural income by practising age old traditions in their own homes located in remote beautiful clean villages.  We have created sustainable lives for artisans and we have paid artists millions of dollars over the last decade alone.

To find out more about how royalties work click here.

We are endorsed members of the Fair Traders Association of Australia and New Zealand. Membership is a simple process of paying dues. The endorsement is a complex assessment of our operations and practice. Many of our suppliers are also endorsed Fair Traders.

Since we moved into publically accessible premises in Pt. Adelaide, we have created and been involved in many projects that bring additional benefits to artists and their families. We have worked with schools to enrol and maintain Aboriginal students, run driver education in Pitjantjatjara, a literacy program in conjunction with TAFE, immunisation programs, health checks, a free homoeopathic clinic, hospital support for artists and families, professional development workshops for artists and KESAB programs for families.

We have also worked with many community events, to give remote Aboriginal people the opportunity to engage with the wider community. We have done projects with WOMADealide, The Council for the Care of Children and Port Adelaide Football Club (Power Cup), the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, providing free tee-shirt and weaving workshops, and a number of other community arts and culture initiatives.

On occasion, we have entered, or been entered in and received awards.

2013 – Mark Butler Certificate of Honour
2008 – Telstra Business Awards, finalists in Social Responsibility
2008 – Telstra Business Awards, finalists in Micro Business
2007 – Ruby Awards (SA) Leadership in the Arts, finalist
2005 – Judges Encouragement Award in the Prime Minister’s community and Business Partnership Awards (with Kaltjiti Arts)
2003 – Upper Spencer Gulf Exporters Award, Community contribution section (with Katjiti Arts)

Better World Arts produces and sources high-quality art and handicrafts using the traditional skills of artists and craftspeople. We work with people across the globe to showcase some of the best work from diverse cultures and ensure a fair distribution of profits.
Better World Arts recognise that culture is strengthened when traditional skills and lifestyles are valued and supported, and people are enabled to stay in their own communities. We aim to create innovative products and business structures which support local communities culturally and economically and engage the global marketplace.
Better World Arts is promoting harmony, goodwill and economic links between communities across the globe whilst celebrating, supporting and sustaining the skills of artists and artisans from around the world.

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PROJECTS & EVENTS

HEAR WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US

Molly Harris

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Better World Arts are a wonderful supplier. Their products are competitively priced, high quality and ethically made. They have always been easy and professional to do business with. Their product ranges sell well and I look forward to continuing to buy from them in the future

Molly Harris
South Australian Museum Shop

Nick Krieg

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Better World Arts were exactly what we wanted. They responded quickly and set us up with an amazing artist for our workshops. Cedric was professional and engaging while he taught the children different techniques, the meaning of different symbols and even shared some dreaming stories. The kids absolutely loved him! We were blown away by the standard of art produced. (Workshop completed at The Womens and Childrens Hospital)

Nick Kreig
Starlight Foundation, Women's and Children Hospital

Helen Johnston

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I have been stocking Better World Arts products since my gallery opened in 2013. I can always rely on Better World Arts to provide a swift and efficient service. The staff are pleasant and easy to deal with. The products are of the highest quality and best of all they support artists and artisans in economically underprivileged communities.

Helen Johnston
Director - Kiri Kiri Art

Phillip Graham

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We purchased a large number of lacquerware boxes for conference attendees, and other beautiful gifts for the speakers, when we hosted the National Indigenous Environmental Health Conference. We also licensed an image from one of the outstanding artworks, to publicise the event. The gifts were a hit, everyone loved them. Better World Arts made this part of the conference easy, and a rip-roaring success. Thank you to all the fabulous staff at BWA.

Phillip Graham - Coordinator
Aboriginal Environmental Health, Department of Health, S.A

Grant V. Rasheed

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As the curator and guest relations manager of the famed Prairie Hotel in outback South Australia we have over the past 8 years, built a wonderful and successful relationship with Better World Arts.  Being in a remote location (6 hrs north of Adelaide) we avail of the online purchasing facility. The processing and delivery of the orders are usually expedited within days. We purchase a large cross section of products, all of which find new homes. The Prairie Hotel is very proud to support Better World Arts for the enormous benefits generated that flow back to the artists and their communities

Grant V. Rasheed - Prairie
Hotel Parachillna

Jody Deamer

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Bouddi Gallery has been working – very successfully – with the team at Better World Arts for almost 10 years. Their fair trading business principals and devotion to Aboriginal artists and cultural sustainability, align perfectly with our ethical trading business model. The Better World Arts team are generous and genuine business partners. Even better – we LOVE the Better World Arts product range; it is diverse, ever evolving, excellent quality and always delivered on time! Bouddi Gallery is a proud representative of Better World Arts products

Jody Deamer – Gallerist
Bouddi Gallery

Di Stevens

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Ethics and provenance are very important to us here at Tali Gallery, and everything we sell is geared towards helping Indigenous people.  We are proud to offer BWA’s beautiful handcrafted homewares to Sydneysiders.   Not only are they tasteful, high quality and functional, but they also make a significant difference – providing self-esteem and a much needed income stream for Aboriginal artists, as well as supporting traditional craftspeople around the world to make, and be paid fairly for their ecologically friendly creations, which are well worth preserving.

Di Stevens - Director
Tali Gallery, Sydney

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