Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch advocating fair and transparent contractual terms for competitions and prizes and is highly critical of terms which unnecessarily deprive artists of rights in their own work. Arts Law often contacts competition organisers urging them to amend their terms and conditions to be fairer to entrants, especially where copyright and moral rights are affected.
The competitions are rated based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.
By accepting the terms and conditions of a competition, artists should be aware that they are entering a legally binding contract. For more information on competition conditions see our free information sheet here.
We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.
The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2015 recieved 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. The Deakin University Contemporary Award has made significant changes to its terms to make them fairer to artists. Only finalists are asked for a licence to reproduce entries for purposes associated with the promotion of the award. If they had also set a duration to the licence and made an undertaking to attribute the author, then a perfect rating would have been achieved.
The deadline for this competition closes on the 17 April 2015.