We believe in the power of art to create inspired revelations, insight and profound understanding of the stories of Indigenous people and culture.
Vivien Anderson Gallery represents an exceptional group of Indigenous artists, some of whom have been with the gallery since the genesis of their careers. Our artists are acknowledged for their original vision, a strong commitment to their work and careers, and universally share a willingness to speak their minds and commit their strong ideas to their work.
The gallery has a dedicated exhibition calendar for represented and guest artists and provides a thoughtful environment to consider major and emerging artist’s work with the facility to extend knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island visual arts through a wide-ranging stock room.
We have developed strong relationships with clients and museums in Australia and internationally over the past 30 years. Gallery artists are included in numerous public collections worldwide and held in depth throughout the Australian public galleries.
Our commitment to presenting internationally the best of indigenous artist’s practice from remote, rural and urban centres of Australia has led to the series of extensive biennial exhibitions Australian Indigenous Art Now in Santa Fe, New Mexico. First staged in 2010, the series offer artists the opportunity to travel to the exhibition and related events, and develop relationships with curators, collectors and First Nation artists from Canada and the USA.
About the Director
The gallery director, Vivien Anderson throughout the last three decades has managed and directed several acclaimed contemporary mainstream art galleries in Sydney and Melbourne, each with an emphasis on equal representation of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
Vivien Anderson began working with indigenous artists in 1985 as the Manager of the Aboriginal Artists Gallery in Melbourne. In 1987 she opened a private salon specialising in the Aboriginal artists of the central desert. Relocating to Sydney in 1992, Vivien joined forced with Gabriella Roy to open the Aboriginal and South Pacific Gallery based in Surry Hills. In 1996, on returning to Melbourne Vivien opened the Vivien Anderson Gallery in Caulfield North and in 2005 a new architect designed exhibition space was relaunched as a contemporary Indigenous art space. In 2016 the gallery relocated to St Kilda Road in St Kilda, the current location.
Vivien Anderson is registered Valuer for insurance and donation under the Tax Incentives for the Arts or Cultural Bequest programs of the Commonwealth Government of Australia for all Aboriginal paintings and sculpture and textiles from 1900 to the present day.
Vivien Anderson is a board member of the Art Galleries Australia Association and the Indigenous Code of Conduct.
All art is acquired through the most reliable and ethical sources to ensure complete authenticity
All artwork is accompanied by original source documentation, or a certificate of authentication authorised by the gallery and under the agreed terms of the Indigenous Code of Conduct.
Packing and Freight
Packing and freight forwarding logistics can be managed by the gallery internationally and nationally on request. Inclusive of all necessary export paperwork for customs and duty purposes.
Vivien Anderson Gallery provides a highly skilled confidential resale service for corporations and private collectors, with highly competitive commission rates.
With over 28 years experience representing and exhibiting Australian Indigenous artists, Vivien Anderson Gallery firmly believes in ensuring new collectors are well informed of all significant developments in contemporary Australian Indigenous art.
Development and management for private, corporate and superannuation fund collectors.
Advice for the placement of major collections and individual artworks for private and corporate clients.
Rigorous criteria are applied to meet all prerequisites for individual, corporate or superannuation fund collectors such as initial or long term budget requirements, investment time frame, environmental and decor requirements, framing and conservation by experts in specific fields (for example bark painting, sculpture) and corporate mural commissioning and installation.
All art is acquired through the most reliable and ethical sources to ensure complete authenticity. Documentation is available for all works.
Specialist lectures and presentations available at the gallery or by arrangement at outside venues (school groups welcome).
Auction advice and representation
In 1997, Vivien Anderson Gallery acted as specialist consultant in Aboriginal Art to the Australian Fine Art auction house Deutscher Menzies, producing the annual Fine Aboriginal Art auction in 1999 and 2000. Results from the June 2000 Fine Aboriginal Art auction exceeded $2 million. The expertise afforded by the experience is now available to collectors who wish to take advantage of professional, well informed and discreet acquisition advice at auction through a bidding agent. Please contact the gallery for further information and fee structure. Auction representation is available on request.
Vivien Anderson Gallery can provide Valuations for Cultural Bequest s(formerly Taxation Incentives for the Arts scheme), donations to non profit organisations, bequests and insurance for Australia Indigenous paintings, sculpture and textiles from 1900 to the present day.
For details regarding fees for services please contact the gallery.
Vivien Anderson Gallery respects the intellectual property rights of indigenous people.
Copyright of the artworks shown on this website remains with the artist and is administered by Vivien Anderson Gallery or the artist's agent. Artworks may be viewed and downloaded only for the purposes of buyer browsing.
No reproduction for commercial use of any images on this site may be made for any reason without receiving written permission from Vivien Anderson Gallery or the artist's agent.
Users are permitted to reproduce a single copy for personal or educational purposes, provided that they do not modify the content and a copyright notice specifically pertaining to the content in all reproductions or redistribution is included. Users may not make additional copies or distribute or upload copies of material from this website without the written authorisation of Vivien Anderson Gallery, the artist's agents, the artist 's corporations or art centres represented.
All textual content and photographs on this website are copyright of Vivien Anderson Gallery unless otherwise stated.
The design of this website is copyright of Vivien Anderson Gallery.
Artworks shown are representative of the stock carried by the gallery; however the availability of any particular artwork and its price is subject to e-mail confirmation from Vivien Anderson Gallery. In the event that an artwork represented on this site is sold, Vivien Anderson Gallery can provide images of new or similar work on request.