Guardian Angels

Every Artist needs a Guardian Angel

As the national legal centre for the arts and cultural sector, the Arts Law Centre of Australia is at the forefront of providing legal advice to Australia’s artists and arts organisations, no matter how big or small, as well as being a strong voice for artists through our effective advocacy and law reform in the arts community.

We cannot do this alone. We need your support.

Guardian Angels are passionate supporters of the arts, an elite group of individuals and businesses who are committed to Australia’s artists, and who help Arts Law:

Stop exploitation: Arts Law works to empower artists with excellent information and advice about their rights, responsibilities and importantly how to secure an income from their creative work.
Stand up for artists’ rights: Arts Law’s leadership on issues affecting artists ensures they have a voice
Continue to provide a unique service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists, wherever their art is seen in Australia, through our Artists in the Black program.

Our Guardian Angels help artists fly

Donations of $5,000 or more

Bronwyn Bancroft
Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation
College of Law
Danie Mellor
The Hon David Levine AO RFD QC
King & Wood Mallesons
Macquarie Bank Limited
NSW Young Lawyers

Donations of $1,000 – $4,999

The Hon Margaret Beazley AO QC
Alison Leslie
Carol Webster SC
Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers
Charles Alexander
David & Judith Minty
David Studdy
Edward Crennan
Elizabeth Evatt
Francois Kunc SC
George Palmer
Georgia Carter
Greenway Chambers
Jackie O’Brien
Jeffrey Hilton
Karen Iles
Linda Branton
Mark Dempsey SC
Martin Place Chambers
Mary Hill
Michael Cranitch
Michelle Gibbings
Norma Leslie
Olivia Boyages
Peter Vlahopol
The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC
Richard Lancaster SC
Shane Simpson AM
Sparke Helmore Lawyers
St George Bank
Steven Boyages

Please join our Angels and make a commitment to Australia’s artists today

The benefits of becoming a Guardian Angel.

Your tax-deductible donation will ensure Australian artists receive much-needed legal advice, and their rights to their work are protected.

You will be invited to exclusive Arts Law events.

You will receive updates on how your donation is being used through our newsletter, art+LAW.

Your contribution will be acknowledged in Arts Law communications such as our newsletter, the website and our Annual Report.

You will receive the satisfaction of helping the Australian arts community in a tangible way.

On the Beach © Susan Schmidt 2014 

The impact of your donation

Susan Schmidt is a Queensland-based fine-arts painter, graphic designer and award-winning illustrator. Her works have featured in numerous exhibitions within Australia and overseas, including the Chelsea International Fine Art Collective in New York in 2012 and Contemporary Istanbul in 2014. Susan approached Arts Law in 2014 after she saw one of her artworks reproduced on a book cover without her permission. Susan had never received legal assistance before this. “I think everybody has trepidation about [their first] legal experience” Susan explained. “Where’s it going to go? How much is it going to cost? I don’t think it’s something anybody wants to venture into.” Susan was thrilled with the assistance she received from Arts Law. As a result of our clear and helpful instructions she was able to negotiate with the publisher, confident about her rights and able to get a fair response.

With your help we can assist more artists like Susan and keep Australia’s artistic community thriving for years to come.

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