Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation x Arts Law to support Indigenous fashion and textiles

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Indigenous Fashion Projects runway show at Australian Fashion Week 2021. Photo by Emily Phipps.

Arts Law has received the generous support of the Thyne Reid Foundation to engage in an Indigenous Fashion and Textile Resource Project.  The project is designed to provide legal assistance, resources and education to artists, art centres and businesses who are branching out into fashion and textiles.  As the Indigenous Fashion and Textile industry develops there is an increasing need for artists, designers, art centres and organisations to be well informed about their legal rights and to have access to templates and materials to support them on this venture.  

We are collaborating with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation to develop best practice processes, education and resources to ensure everyone involved is aware of the different pathways available to commercialising their artworks and designs.  The project will identify the industry and legal information available for creatives to increase their protection and so that they can be informed about specific issues which can come into play around copyright, design rights, trade marks, Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property protection and contracts.  

This is a very exciting project which will have a real benefit for those involved in the development of the Indigenous fashion and textile sector. 

Find out more about licensing for fashion and textiles in the Arts Law Podcast. We recently interviewed Dave Giles-Kaye from Indigenous Fashion Projects at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation about the issues artists, art centres and organisations need to consider when working on fashion projects.

The 2021 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair will be held online for the second year running. For more information visit their website here.