In 2002 I started an art tour business (Tanamart) to …

Comment on Art Trail, Explorer’s Way: big words, so far no substance by Trevor Shiell.

In 2002 I started an art tour business (Tanamart) to remote art centres because I believe (and still do) that it’s right and proper to purchase the products of the centres direct and meet the artists who actually contribute their skills.
I went as far as Warman in WA and all points in between, with clients from all over the world. My observations were, one gallery in WA wanted an opening fee of $200 irrespective of any sales being made.
I charged a commercial fee at minimum cost plus commissions on sales.
Then I found that many clients, being themselves commercial operators, used my service as an introduction to the galleries then purchased on line, making my model uneconomic.
But I got an extraordinary satisfaction from operating that service and cutting out the opportunists – carpet baggers.
One gallery manager also told me that he only promoted the top five or so artists. Hence the piles of works from lower pecking order potential artists accumulating in the centres.
On an investigative trip to galleries around Melbourne I walked out of a Collins St gallery with his current price list and was chased down the street by the owner of the gallery to get his price list back.
That smells of price padding and exploitation. Another had nothing to display in his gallery as he simply buys and exports directly to America. Another in Sydney claiming to be an expert on Utopia art could not point out Utopia on an NT map!
For these reasons and others I would love to see the art trail concept pushed, bring the end users direct to the artists. The other concept that needs investigating urgently to avoid the exploitation described above is a permanent display market in town run and administrated by the centres themselves to sell direct to the consumers.

Recent Comments by Trevor Shiell

No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently I spotted a large dust cloud off to the north along a series of new fences.
Could it be that earthworks have already started on a new detention facility there without them telling anyone?
No. They would never do anything like that would they?
Come to think of it remember the first we heard of Kigarrif was a brief note from Paul Henderson as Chief Minister that the government had allocated $10m for head works just before an election. But governments don’t do things like that behind our backs, do they?


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Apart from the rare earths component, of which China has about 97% of the worlds supply, we are due to run out of phosphate within 20 years and potash perhaps before that.
To see the veracity of these reports look at the website of Parkway minerals and their ASX notices.
There is a graph sourced from Forbes Investment Services which shows the gravity of the looming fertiliser shortage.
In addition to this, we will likely be importing phosphate from Algeria with all the political instability that that may involve.
We so have our heads in the sand.
There is also an interesting development with Northern Minerals an the world situation and competition for rare earths and their implications with defence and the production of weaponry, particularly in the USA.
To protect ourselves we should be going hell bent developed plant varieties with lower nutrient requirements but we prefer to build drag strips and sports pavilions rather than research into food production.
Both the Chinese and Indian authorities recognised this long ago, but we are slow learners.
PS: I have a vested interest in all three companies having purchased shares for my grand children 10 years ago.


Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?
In the mid 60s a friend made a lot of money through fox skins which were in high demand in Europe.
He eventually built a unit on the Gold Coast with the profits. Sadly, the animal rights people objected, the bottom fell out of the skin market and our native animals have been suffering ever since.
The way he did it was to find a female in season, shoot it, tow it behind his ute for a long distance, then shoot the foxes that followed the pheromone trail.
He got literally hundreds.
Those of us that have heard dingoes behave in the same way can testify that it works.
I have seen the same thing happening with large mobs of feral camels and I wonder why we use expensive helicopters.
The biggest mob I have ever seen was north of Lake Eyre and contained perhaps 1000 animals.
I also wonder why this approach is not used on other species and who if anyone is doing the research to utilise their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.
I also often wonder why the CRC for invasive animal control is based in Tasmania.
We have more invasive species here than they do and I wonder if anyone has attempted to get them to relocate here, or is that just another thing that politicians are bit ignorant of and don’t see the possibilities?


Four charter flights from Japan to Alice Springs
Arissu Supuringsu Ni yokoso!!! It should have been an international port of arrival and international freight distribution centre years ago in conjunction with a dedicated technical development park exporting technology based on what we do best (solar) 40 years ago.
This was the basis of a plan put by INratril, the then owners, to Government, but ignored.
The future of the town is still south of The Gap and it will happen by attrition whether we like it or not.
We had the same opportunity based on arid land food production but houses got in the way.


Government-made dust bowl: What comes next
That’s not the issue. It should never have happened in the first place.


Be Sociable, Share!