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:

Archibald Prize 2020

Arts Law reached out to the Gallery to suggest ways their terms and conditions could be improved to make them as artist friendly as possible. We were really pleased with the Gallery’s response – it was enthusiastic about listening to our suggestions and its subsequently revised its terms and conditions, taking on board the most part of our suggestions.

Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign – Proposed legislation rejected by Parliament

By Lee Elsdon (Solicitor, Arts Law), Roxanne Lorenz (Solicitor, Arts Law) and Kelvin Yeung (Intern, University of Sydney Law School)  In 2016, Arts Law together with the Indigenous Art Code and the Copyright Agency launched the ‘Fake Art Harms Culture’ Campaign to raise awareness of the growing presence of inauthentic ‘Aboriginal style’ art and craft products and … Continued

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2020

Arts Law reviewed this art prize last year and gave it a 4 out of 5. At the time the competition organiser indicated that they were going to look at improving the terms for this year. We are pleased to see that the organiser has made some positive changes to the terms to make them more artist friendly.

Submission: Review of model defamation provisions

Defamation law is one of the many legal areas that Arts Law advises on. Arts Law primarily provides pre-publication advice however also assists in the pre-litigation process through the review or drafting of correspondence between parties. Arts Law makes this submission on behalf of our broad client base .

2020 FUSE Glass Prize

Congratulations to JamFactory for excellent copyright terms. They reflect a respectful and fair treatment of artists and their rights.

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020

Arts Law made suggestions to the competition organiser to make this competition’s terms and conditions more artist friendly, and we are delighted that it took on board our suggestions.

John Leslie Art Prize

Well done to the Gallery for having a generous first prize and dealing fairly with copyright and moral rights

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