4 November

Art Prizes – No surprises

All eyes on the on the (Art) prize


They’re a staple of life in a country town. Every show, fair and field day has one, but are they a help or hindrance to those that participate?


When: Friday 28 November 10am – 4pm (light Lunch provided)

Cost: $10 (includes light lunch)

Where: Tumut Art Studio, Tumut Plains Rd.

RSVP: [email protected]



Art competitions, be they for paintings, sculptures or photos, draw big crowds and strong interest, but sometimes entrants unwittingly sign away rights to their work when they enter. Often this happens by accident – the terms and conditions of the competition may not have kept up with changes in the law. This is what drove the Tumut Art Society to call together the organisers of art competitions across our region for a training day called Art Prizes – No Surprises.

Tumut Art Society’s Jennifer Forster, said “Art prizes usually stem from the desire to foster and promote local creativity. We see this as an opportunity to maximize the efforts of local art groups.

Suzanne Derry from the Arts Law Centre will explain all the legal do’s and don’t with art competitions. She said:

“There are a range of legal issues from contracts and terms and conditions to intellectual property disputes that need to be done correctly – and it doesn’t need to be difficult to get these basics right. I’ll be explaining the potential traps  and how to avoid them so that art prizes can focus on what they do best – showcasing fabulous local creative work.”

“What we don’t want to see is a photographer entering their best picture in a competition only to later see it being used on a billboard without their permission, and without having been paid a cent.”

The Art Prizes – No Surprises workshop will also offer practical tips on topics such as cheap ways to hang and label an exhibition and creative ways to market and promote an event.

Jennifer Forster said, “We know our communities punch above their weight when it comes to art. Anything we can do to support that is going to be good for our communities.”