APY Art Centre Collective: Taking Indigenous Art to the City
In early 2019, just a year after opening a gallery in Sydney, Australia, the elders of the APY Art Centre Collective proposed opening a second gallery in Adelaide, a much smaller city. The first year in Sydney had been profitable, in part due to an aggressive digital presence. The Collective had some seed money, an offer of a small gallery space, and the draw of serving a large number of the APY community who were residents in Adelaide. But the Adelaide art market was tiny compared to Sydney's, staff was stretched thin, and budgets were tight. The board's vision was certainly compelling, but was it practical? Could a digital strategy help Adelaide's success without cannibalizing the Collective's success in Sydney? What would such a strategy look like? Theodore L. Hill is affiliated with Temple University.