The Arts Law Centre of Australia acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia.

We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their heritage and cultures; and to elders past, present and emerging.

The Arts Law Centre of Australia wishes to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this website may contain the names and/or images of people who have since passed away.

Artists in the Black is a service of Arts Law, dedicated to providing legal assistance and advice to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities.


Artists in the Black also helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists preserve their legacy and ensure that they are in control of where their art, copyright, money and other assets go when they pass away.

Unfortunately, artists sometimes pass away without having made a will. Artists in the Black has resources available to help families and others know what to do in this situation.


Arts Law continues to advocate for changes to the law that would make sure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities get a fairer deal.

  • Fake Arts Harms Culture Campaign
    In 2016, Arts Law, alongside the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency, launched the Fake Arts Harms Culture campaign. The campaign aims to educate and advocate for law reform to recognise the cultural rights of traditional knowledge holders and communities.
  • WIPO Inter-Governmental Committee Meeting on Traditional Cultural Expressions
    Arts Law has been attending the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) caucus meetings for more than a decade and strongly supports steps towards international recognition of Indigenous rights, particularly around ICIP and Traditional Knowledge.

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