Law and Policy Reform

Arts Law aims to provide targeted, quality advocacy on law and policy reform for the benefit of the creative sector. This is done through:

  1. identification and prioritisation of legal issues affecting the arts community;
  2. research and making of submissions; 
  3. development of relationships with the government, media, arts sector and other relevant bodies; and
  4. lobbying to influence the decision making of government and other bodies.

Arts Law’s advocacy work is informed through being unique in the service we provide, straddling the worlds of both art and law and representing a large group of Australian artists.  In undertaking advocacy on law and policy reform, Arts Law’s goal is to increase the rights afforded to artists and promote their ability to access those rights. Information and submissions concerning Arts Law’s advocacy work in relation to specific issues can be found in the Category listings. 

Recent advocacy projects:

2020 FUSE Glass Prize

Arts Law regularly reviews the terms and conditions of competitions and rates them out of five stars. Our review looks broadly at the terms and conditions of a competition. In particular, we look closely at how a competition deals with an entrant’s copyright and moral rights, and consider this in light of the prize.  Entrants … Continued

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020 in Queensland, organised by the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society Inc. Read the terms and conditions of this competition here. The deadline for this competition is 16 March 2020. The terms and conditions contain information about the prize, but entrants should also look at webpages for the Glossary, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Key Dates.

John Leslie Art Prize

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the John Leslie Art Prize. The Prize is organised by the Gippsland Art Gallery, based in regional Victoria. The Prize was inaugurated in 2000 and is named after John Leslie OBE (1919—2016). It celebrates Australian landscape paintings and is open to all artists who live and work in Australia. Artists can enter in landscape paintings that have been completed since 1 July 2018.

The Collie Art Prize 2020

Arts Law regularly reviews the terms and conditions of competitions and rates them out of five stars. Our review looks broadly at the terms and conditions of a competition. In particular, we look closely at how a competition deals with an entrant’s copyright and moral rights, and consider this in light of the prize.  Entrants should always take into account the possible profile-raising which may result from being … Continued

REVIEW: Women’s Art Prize Tasmania 2020

About Arts Law regularly reviews the terms and conditions of competitions and rates them out of five stars. Our review looks broadly at the terms and conditions of a competition. In particular, we look closely at how a competition deals with an entrant’s copyright and moral rights, and consider this in light of the prize. … Continued

Artists in the Black heads to the Centre

In June, Arts Law solicitors Donna Robinson and Roxanne Lorenz, together with Carmel Young, Acting Program Manager at Desart, travelled to the Ikunji Art Centre at Haasts Bluff, 250km west of Alice Springs.

Arts Law & Artists in the Black go on Outreach

Arts Law CEO, Robyn Ayres, and King & Wood Mallesons pro bono lawyers, John Swinson and Karen Litherland travelled to remote Northern Territory earlier this month to visit three First Nations art centres.

Visiting the art centres of Jilamara and Munupi on Melville Island and Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Robyn, John and Karen worked with local artists and art centre managers to assist with contracts, draft wills and deliver education workshops.

Review: 2019 Northern Territory Literary Awards

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the 2019 Northern Territory Literary Awards. This is an annual competition conducted by the Northern Territory Library (the “Library”), which consists of seven different awards.

The deadline for this competition is Monday 29 April 2019 and entries are open generally to residents of the Northern Territory (with the exception of the Library’s staff).

My Rode Cast 2019 Competition Review

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of My RØDE Cast 2019, a competition being run out of New South Wales.

The deadline for this competition is 12 March 2019. It is an international competition (with the exception of certain listed countries).  

This is an inaugural competition for podcasters, where each entrant creates and submits an original 1–2 minute podcast for judging. The podcasts may be on any subject, in any creative format.

This competition is free to enter and offers several impressive prizes and an opportunity for exposure.

Arts Law has rated this competition 4 out of 5 stars.

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