Artists are winners thanks to Arts Law prize reviews

Arts Law is committed to advocating for artists’ rights, part of this work involved reviewing the terms and conditions of art competitions and prizes and giving them a rating out of five. Many artists rely on prizes and competitions to raise their professional profiles in addition to the cash prizes and other opportunities that come … Continued

More than a word: Arts Law making actions towards Reconciliation

To mark the start of Reconciliation Week, Artists in the Black Coordinator John Waight organised for our team to visit the Australian Museum to visit Unsettled, an historic exhibition of First Nations art and cultural objects, led and informed by First Nations voices and perspectives. Incisive and thoroughly researched, the show was an important opportunity … Continued

Outreach in the Torres Strait

Arts Law travelled to the Torres Strait in May 2021 in the first outreach trip to art centres in the region this year. With the generous support of law firm King & Wood Mallesons senior solicitor Donna Robinson travelled with solicitor Rebecca Stanley to Moa Arts and Badu Arts. We prepared wills for artists and discussed various … Continued

2021 Pro Bono Award winners announced

Congratulations to all our Pro Bono Award Winners. Each of these individuals has made an extraordinary contribution to Arts Law by volunteering their time and expertise. Without each of you we would not have the reach and impact that we do

Helping Aboriginal artists tackle misuse of their artworks by sports clubs

Artists should not have to wear the consequences when their works have been misused on sports jerseys.   With Indigenous Rounds and other initiatives becoming integral features of major sporting codes across the country, there are increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers to have their work put onto the jerseys, merchandise … Continued

Arts Law at the 2021 Desart Conference

The annual Desart Conference was held in Alice Springs on 30 and 31 March 2021. Everyone was delighted to attend after it went online last year. This conference was a mixture of face to face and online attendance. It went very well with a good positive atmosphere as the 100 or so attendees relished the … Continued

Professional Development Opportunities for Arts Organisations

We all know that the greatest investment in an organisation is to invest in our people. Arts Law has noticed a trend in arts organisations wanting to implement law-focused professional development training for their staff. We can provide targeted, helpful education to your staff to develop their legal understanding of artists’ rights and help you … Continued

Woorabinda Art Centre opens

2021 is Queensland’s official Year of Indigenous Tourism and now Central Queensland has a new destination to mark on the map with the opening of the Woorabinda Arts gallery on 3 March 2021. Our own Donna Robinson, Senior Lawyer, was lucky enough to attend the opening of the new gallery. The completion of the first … Continued

Have your say! IP Australia’s Indigenous Knowledge Project

Arts Law is in the process of putting together a submission as part of IP Australia’s public consultation on proposed changes to Australia’s Intellectual Property system to create opportunities and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The aim of the project is to “enhance the intellectual property system to help enable Aboriginal … Continued


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