& # 39; Beyond scummy: & # 39; Basketball team is accused of exploitation after offering & # 39; free tickets & # 39; to Aboriginal artists in exchange for work
- Adelaide 36ers approached Aboriginal artist Elizabeth Close to design sweaters
- They said they could only pay her with free tickets and social media promotion
- The club has since apologized to Mrs. Close for the way the situation has been dealt with
A basketball team has been accused of exploiting an Aboriginal artist after offering her in & # 39; free tickets & # 39; to pay for designing their native round sweater.
Elizabeth Close, a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from Central Australia, said the Adelaide 36ers approached her to work with them.
After they asked Mrs. Close to send a quote, they told her that they would not be able to pay her because their budget was set before they announced the native round.
Elizabeth Close, a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from Central Australia, said the Adelaide 36ers approached her about making a sweater for them
Instead, they offered to pay her by giving her free tickets and social media promotion.
& # 39; I therefore assume that they paid the graphic designer who designed their original shirt in free tickets, hats and water bottles, anyway, & # 39; placed them online.
Miss Close then questioned the motivation of the sports team behind the design of the new jersey.
& # 39; Why do the 36ers want a native sweater? Do they want it because they believe in the spirit of Reconciliation and celebrating First Nations Australians in basketball? Or do they want it because it's trendy to do? to look like you are culturally engaged and use it for media opportunities & # 39 ;, she asked.
& # 39; Can't they see the absolute irony of exploiting an Aboriginal artist in their attempt to wake themselves up and deal with Aboriginal issues and reconciliation? & # 39;
However, after Mrs. Close asked for a quote, the club told her that they would not be able to pay her because their budget was set before they announced the native round.
She said that if she is a & # 39; progressive, culturally competent organization & # 39; , it is appropriate to expect professionalism.
Since then, the club has apologized to Mrs. Close for the way they approached and treated her.
A statement from the club issued on Sunday said the club contacted artists for the project and had not completed who they had chosen.
& # 39; The club has not yet determined who the native artist will be, but are happy to pay for the service or accept a volunteer service, depending on the artist's wishes & # 39 ;, said the statement.
In 2017, Close called Qantas because she asked her to paint for them without paying her money
& # 39; Elizabeth Close was one of the artists we approached to support us in this project and, in retrospect, we acknowledge that this was not done correctly.
& # 39; In our lessons, we feel very sorry for the pain we have inflicted on Elizabeth and her family and we will ensure that we continue this type of project in a respectful way. & # 39;
Social media users were shocked by the behavior of the club.
& # 39; The fact that they want to exploit an Aboriginal artist by having him design sweaters to promote reconciliation of Aboriginal people being exploited is insane & # 39 ;, one person wrote.
Another said: & # 39; This is a shining example of the & # 39; Waking up from rebranding for cultural events without material material support for the culture itself is more than scummy.
In 2017, Close called Qantas for asking her to paint for them without paying her money during the NAIDOC week, which celebrates Aboriginal culture.
Instead, they asked her to paint for & # 39; exposure & # 39 ;.
THE FULL STATEMENT OF ADELAIDE 36ERS
The Adelaide 36ers are currently talking to a number of interested native artists for the design of our native jersey. The club has not yet determined who the native artist will be, but are happy to pay for the service or accept a volunteer service, depending on the artist's wishes.
Elizabeth Close was one of the artists we approached to support us in this project and, in retrospect, we acknowledge that this was not done correctly. Our lessons greatly regret that we have hurt and offended Elizabeth and her family and will ensure that we continue this type of project in a respectful way.
The Adelaide 36ers are dedicated to celebrating the Australians of the First Nation and embark on the journey to understanding and learning the spirit of reconciliation. To ensure that this happens in the most culturally appropriate way, we have now engaged 36ers ambassador Eddie Betts and his family to discuss the project. Eddie has worked to support other similar projects in the AFL with great success.
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