2 Oct 2018

Emilia Galatis


The global art economy grew for the first time since 2014 with $63.7 billion in total global sales, a 12% rise from 2016. The art markets in the USA and Europe are well established, with the art markets in China and the Middle East fast growing. 

Art making has sustained WA communities for some decades, however at present, the Australian market is experiencing limited growth, which is hampering the future development of the Indigenous Australian art sector. 

Emilia Galatis, a Fremantle local and Co-Curator and Project Coordinator of Desert River Sea at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, has received a Churchill Fellowship because of her desire to investigate opportunities overseas that will give the amazing works of Western Australian Aboriginal artists’ international recognition.

Emilia will travel to the United Arab Emirates, China, the USA, and the UK to research international commercial enterprise models to bring back to Australia viable opportunities for the growth of Western Australian Aboriginal artists’ careers.

Emilia has always held a passion for Indigenous art. She is motivated to explore commercial opportunities because she sees an urgency to better support remote art centres and artists. 

“I see art as an agent for change. The intersection of art and politics plays out in the most interesting ways within this sector and sadly, these moments are going unnoticed,” Emilia said.

“Through my Fellowship, I look forward to meeting experts overseas and researching international commercial enterprise models to gain insight, network and connect remote Western Australian Aboriginal artists and their art centres with the established international art market.

“The new international relationships I hope to broker will be centered on commercial longevity and two way reciprocity between Western Australian artists and the international art world. I hope the knowledge I gain and apply here in Australia will deliver real opportunities for Indigenous artists and communities nationally.

“Engagement with the growing global interest in non-Western art traditions is critical for the future development of the indigenous Australian art sector at a time when the Australian market is seeing limited growth.” 

“It is wonderful to know that Churchill Fellows, like Emilia, are expanding their knowledge and going abroad to build connections to further the interests of their fellow Australians,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 

“The Churchill Fellowship recognises new ideas, like Emilia’s. It is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia. We look forward to seeing what she is able to achieve as a result of her Fellowship experience."

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