John Leslie Art Prize

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

Fundraising Wrap-Up 2019

We are so grateful for our generous supporters and partners who help us to empower artists through the law. Arts Law hosted two fundraising events this year. In April, we held our annual Pro Bono Awards at Dentons to recognise the outstanding contribution of the volunteer lawyers and professionals on our pro bono panel. In … Continued

Arts Law in the APY Lands

Earlier this month Arts Law CEO, Robyn Ayres, travelled to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands) with King & Wood Mallesons partner Travis Toemoe, King & Wood Mallesons solicitor and current secondee to Arts Law Jessica Horn and Desart guide Jasper Coleman.

Art Sale to support Arts Law

This October Arts Law held our biennial Art Sale Fundraising event. We presented an exclusive selection of incredible artworks from across Australia. Arts Law sourced work from eighteen Indigenous Art Centres, The Australian Design Centre in Sydney and 70 different artists and makers! The catalogue featured works from prominent artists and art centres from around … Continued

Laugh Your Arts Off 2019

This September a sell-out crowd gathered at Giant Dwarf in Redfern for the annual Laugh Your Arts Off comedy fundraiser. The event was hosted by Hearts For Arts Law (HFAL), a committee of young lawyers who give up their time to raise funds for Arts Law. Once again, the night was a huge success, raising … Continued

Lawyers to join Independent Expert Panel for Screenrights’ Competing Claim Resolution Procedures

As part of its Competing Claim Resolution Procedures, from time-to-time Screenrights requires the engagement of an independent expert to make determinations in relation to competing claims over royalties by its members. Screenrights has requested that an independent organisation put together a panel of experts which can assist with these matters that will include lawyers with … Continued

Arts Law works with First Languages Australia for 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Arts Law has been funded by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages Australia program and is working on a “Digital Deeds” project with First Languages Australia to develop best practice template agreements for language centres to use in contracting with contributors, communities and purchasers to ensure they’re readily accessible for the language centres based throughout the country. These contracts will address the licensing of copyright in the language resources.

Arts Law hits the slopes for LAWSKI 2019

Every year around August you will catch 300 young lawyers take over the slopes at Thredbo as part of LAWSKI, an annual three day skiing and social event for lawyers. This year Arts Law was delighted to be selected as the LAWSKI 2019 charity partner.   A range of items were auctioned at the Tyrrell’s Black … Continued

Outreach in the Far North

Arts Law senior solicitor, Donna Robinson, accompanied by lawyer Courtney Daunt from Hall & Wilcox travelled to Aurukun on the Gulf of Carpentaria and to Yarrabah, near Cairns during the week beginning 29 July 2019. Courtney was assisting Arts Law as part of Hall & Wilcox’s pro-bono program. The journey involved flying from our home bases in Sydney and Brisbane and then an early morning flight from Cairns to Aurukun and a flight back to Cairns the following afternoon.

Arts Law at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2019

This month Arts Law travelled to Darwin for the 13th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF). On display this year, were the artworks of more than 70 different Indigenous Art Centres from all around Australia. Amongst all this incredible art, was an Arts Law stall, where we handed out information about artists’ legal rights and spoke with a number of interesting artists, art consumers, art centre workers, and tourists. Special thanks to Andrew Leslie who volunteered his time over the weekend.


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