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 NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize received 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. Under the terms of the NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize all entrants are asked for permission to reproduce their work for a set duration of 5 years and for limited uses associated only with the promotion of the competition. The organisers also make a positive undertaking to attribute the artist of the work which is great!
The deadline for this competiton is the 7th April 2015.