30 August
Arts Law staff celebrating Robyn Ayres 20th anniversary. Photo by Nico Katehos.

CEO Robyn Ayres celebrates 20 years with Arts Law

This week we are celebrating CEO Robyn Ayres 20th anniversary at Arts Law.

In her 20 years at Arts Law Robyn has helped grow the organisation into what it is today. From a small team of seven in 2002, Arts Law has grown to include 17 staff working across four states. Our pro bono panel has over 370 legal professionals who donate their time and experience to Arts Law.

As CEO, Robyn has put her voice behind our advocacy work. Notably she was heavily involved in advocacy work that lead to the implementation of resale royalties in Australia, and was part of the steering committee that launched the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign in 2016. On several occasions, Robyn has represented Arts Law, and Australia, as an observer at WIPO Intergovernmental committee meetings in Geneva.

Among her achievements, Robyn was instrumental in establishing Artists in the Black, our dedicated legal service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts organisations. Since its beginnings in 2004, Artists in the Black has visited roughly 100 remote, regional and urban communities and delivered over 11,600 advices to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Robyn herself, has been on countless outreach trips to communities around Australia where she has worked to educated artists on their rights, establish best practice governance for art centres and delivered wills and legal advice to individual artists.

She has also guided the organisation through the turmoil of a worldwide pandemic, not a small feat. The result has been a resilient and agile organisation that really values the contribution of our staff, partners, donors and pro bono legal professionals.

From the Arts Law team, past and present, we would like to thank Robyn for her years of inspirational leadership and passion.