APFTA Cultural Appropriation Policy

and statement of agreement for all our Artists

 

 

With respect to appropriation of First Nations cultural imagery and objects, APFTA will not exhibit sacred or ceremonial artifacts or items that can be confused with actual indigenous creations, unless created by an indigenous person. APFTA trust the Artist Members to be responsible and sensitive in their selection of art to be exhibited, as this is a public space.

APFTA reserves the right – under extreme circumstances - to ask an artist to remove a piece of art if complaints are received and the APFTA Artist Members, as a collective, agree on the removal of the work. In the event a work of art appears to fall within the category of possible cultural appropriation, the artist will be given opportunity to present their perspective to the collective and defend their position which will then be subject to a vote by the Artist Members.