August 5, 2016

More than $4m in royalties generated from resale scheme

Six years after it began, Australia’s resale royalty scheme has generated more than $4 million for artists, with more than half of those artists living and working in remote and regional Australia. More than 12,800 eligible artworks have been resold, well above predicted expectations for the scheme, returning a 5 per cent royalty to 1200 […]

March 7, 2016

Understanding copyright and culture

The people of Pacific Island nations have thousands of traditional cultural expressions, from tattoo designs to traditional medicines, but many gaps still exist in understanding how copyright can help protect their culture. Copyright Agency | Viscopy’s Indigenous Engagement Manager, Trish Adjei, recently presented to delegates from more than 11 Pacific Island Government organisations, as part […]

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Announcement

January 29, 2016

Cultural Funding to drive Queensland’s creative culture

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has given $132,500 to four Queensland based creative projects and more than $933,000 to projects nationally in its latest grants round. Queensland based initiatives include: $20k to the State Library of Queensland for the Communities of Story project; $12k over two years for the Queensland Poetry Festival to support the […]

January 21, 2016

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter emerging art award

With the first-ever win by an Aboriginal artist – 65-year-old Ben Ward from WA – of the $10,000 John Fries Award last year, the organisers are keen to receive even more entries from Indigenous Australian and New Zealand artists for the 2016 award, which has just opened for entries. Artists need to submit five images of […]

September 25, 2015

The Namatjira Professional Development Project

Drawing inspiration from the Western Aranda people of the Central Australian Desert and their magnificent country, Big hART have developed The Namatjira Project. A diverse arts project that celebrates the life and work of acclaimed watercolour artist, Albert Namatjira. With funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the project brought to life the Namatjira Professional Development Program […]

June 18, 2015

Artist’s shock shared at RAP launch

Bibi Barba’s paintings are deeply personal. So when she discovered her artwork, Desert Flowers, was being used all over carpets, coffee tables and wall panels in a Polish hotel without her permission, she decided to embark on the legal fight of her life. Inspired by her grandmother, Bibi’s artwork has, over time, developed into her […]

June 6, 2015

Arts festival raises a Pacific voice

Applying cultural protocols to the development of contemporary Pacific works was just one of the topics raised in a panel discussion chaired by Viscopy at a two day symposium held at Contemporary Pacific Arts festival last month. The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) brings together creative practitioners, community elders, students, academics and arts industry professionals […]

May 24, 2015

Westpac Partnership to help Indigenous Artists Break Welfare Cycle

The Copyright Agency and Westpac recently joined forces to build financial literacy within Aboriginal communities in Queensland. Copyright Agency’s Indigenous Engagement Manager, Trish Adjei together with Bruce McQualter and Michelle Bentley from Westpac held a workshop with around 15 Aboriginal artists on Mornington Island, a small community with a population of around 1000, most of whom […]

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