Copyright Agency helps members license their work for NAIDOC week

July 19, 2018

In celebration of NAIDOC Week this year, artist and Copyright Agency member, Julie Dowling’s work was projected onto the iconic Digital Tower in Yagan Square, Perth.

Screenwest – the State’s premier screen organisation – controls the 45-metre high tower which includes a large circular screen and 14 LED lights columns, inspired by the bulrushes found at the lakes that once occupied the site. The number of columns represents the 14 Noongar language groups.

Copyright Agency Visual Arts Licensing Manager, Belinda Layton, worked with the Art Gallery of WA, the Metropolitan Regional Authority, Screenwest, and Ms Dowling to license 11 works from her exhibition Babanyu (friends for life), on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia until 20 August.

“The scale for this project is very large which presents a challenge to ensure the artist is happy with how the works will translate onto a big screen,” says Ms Layton. “A digital mock-up with the chosen works was supplied so that Julie was able to fully participate in the licensing of her works and understand how they would appear contextually in one of the city’s most popular community, meeting places.”

WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (friends for life) is a free exhibition that forms part of the Art Gallery of WA’s WA Now series celebrating the work of Western Australian artists.

In Victoria, the National Gallery chose to celebrate the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week, “Because of her, we can”, with a new collection of design ware featuring artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women from their collection including Copyright Agency members Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Nita Williamson and Wawiriya Burton.

The colourful range includes tea towels, cushion covers and notepads. Building on a longstanding relationship with the Copyright Agency, the gallery licensed important works that show the impressive contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the arts.

For more details and to view the range of products available, click here.

Yagan Square Digital Tower mock-up featuring Julie Dowling’s artwork Is it okay to be two things at once, 1996. © Julie Dowling/Copyright Agency, 2018. Image courtesy AGWA

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