December 6, 2017

Namatjira Legacy Trust joins Copyright Agency

Following the successful decades-long campaign for the return of artist Albert Namatjira’s copyright, the Namatjira Legacy Trust has enlisted the Copyright Agency to manage the licensing rights of the renowned artist internationally. The rights now reside with the Namatjira Legacy Trust, which represents the Namatjira family, and was established as part of a long-term project […]

December 5, 2017

Reading Australia a treasure chest for Aussie teachers

Copyright Agency’s online educational resource, Reading Australia, has more than doubled its subscriber numbers this year, reaching over 11,000 teachers every month to let them know about a wide range of classroom activities available to help them teach Australian stories to students of all ages. In the four years since its launch, the online resource hub […]

November 7, 2017

Namatjira family legacy restored

In October, news emerged that the rights in the work of globally recognised Indigenous watercolourist Albert Namatjira had been returned to the Namatjira family after decades of campaigning. The ABC’s Isabel Dayman reported that the copyright controversy ended, not in a courtroom, but on the phone after the intervention of a high-profile Australian millionaire. Dick […]

Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign

September 25, 2017

Fake Art Harms Culture campaign helps bring on inquiry

Almost a year on from its launch, the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign has successfully helped bring about an inquiry to more closely examine the impacts of inauthentic Indigenous art, with submissions open now. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs announced that it will inquire into the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal […]

Betty Pumani with her work Antara 2017, appearing in the upcoming TARNANTHI festival in Adelaide. © Rhett Hammerton. Courtesy Mimili Maku Arts.

September 9, 2017

Telstra’s NATSIAA celebrate Indigenous art on the move

Three of our members artworks feature on a fleet of 60 cars currently driving through regional and city centres around Australia in celebration of Telstra’s chief sponsorship of the 34th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Betty Pumani’s 2016 NATSIAA winning work Antara (pictured below left), Simon Hogan’s painting Lingka (centre), and Beryl Jimmy’s artwork Nyangatja Watarru (right) each feature […]

September 7, 2017

A taxidermist Create Fund recipient announced

What do a taxidermist, an Indigenous writer and a poet have in common? They are the three creators who have just received funding from the Copyright Agency’s Create Career Fund. The Create Career Fund supports mid-to-late career artists and authors by providing grants that allow the time to develop new work. Grants are allocated in $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 […]

July 28, 2017

Jimi Bani’s new theatrical work debuts in Queensland

“Mabuiag Island: a remote speck in the sparkling blue of the Torres Strait. Thousands of years of rich history and culture, with just a few hundred people keeping its flame. Now its favourite son is joking in three languages with his grandmother and torturing his son with spontaneous public break-dancing…” So begins the prelude to […]

July 24, 2017

Australia’s oldest independent indigenous publisher celebrates 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, Aboriginal leaders decided an organisation would be established to protect the rights of traditional storytellers and artists. Since then, Magabala Books has quietly but determinedly built a solid reputation by supporting indigenous writers and illustrators across all genres, with a special focus on nurturing emerging talent.  The Copyright Agency has been a long […]

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