Artists in the Black

Artists in the Black (AITB) is a legal service for Indigenous artists, communities and arts organisations. It was established by the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) in 2004 in response to the needs of the Indigenous arts community. Arts Law is the national community legal centre for the arts and has been providing legal services since 1983.

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While Arts Law has been providing our services since 1983, when we looked at the rip-offs and exploitation of Indigenous artists still occurring, the case for specialised services was overwhelming. Through the introduction of the AITB program in 2004, the legal service provision to the Indigenous community now comprises between 15-20% of Arts Law’s legal work.

AITB aims to:

  • Increase access by Indigenous artists, art organisations and Indigenous communities to legal advice on arts law issues, including Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).
  • Increase access to legal information about arts law issues and develop appropriate publications.  Increase understanding and awareness of Indigenous artists and communities of arts law issues through an education programme.
  • Provide informed advocacy work on ICIP issues and other arts law issues affecting the Indigenous community.
  • Develop arts–specific law expertise within the Indigenous community.

We look to forward to working in partnership with you to achieve a greater level of understanding and recognition of the rights of Indigenous artists.

Contact us

Our Artists in the Black Coordinator is able to take your query and give you information about our service, just ask to speak to them when you call. If they are not in the office, all of our general administration staff will listen and help find the best way to assist you. Contact us to request:

  • Free telephone legal advice
  • Document reviews (DRS)
  • Workshops/Seminars
  • Free Information Packs