Descending down the M31 recently to our nation’s capital was Arts Law’s Head of Legal and Operations Katherine Giles. Katherine was visiting Canberra to present a workshop at PhotoAccess in Manuka called Arts Law for Photographers to, you guessed it, a group of photographers! PhotoAccess is the Australian Capital Territory’s centre for contemporary photography, film, video and media arts based at the Manuka Arts Centre and running a regular series of exhibitions and workshops.
Our workshop covered issues including copyright ownership, what happens when a photographer is commissioned for a photo shoot, and what the rights that subjects in photographs have are. This involved discussing the basics of creating, owing and dealing with copyright as a photographer and providing pointers on more complex areas of copyright law. It was a popular workshop made even more interesting due to the keen questions from the audience.
During our outreach, Arts Law also visited the Ngunnawal Centre at the University of Canberra and met with staff to discuss Arts Law and the Artists in the Black service. The Ngunnawal Centre is the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success and support centre.