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 15, 2015

Members’ artworks licensed

Five members’ artworks were licensed by Viscopy to Murdoch University for use in their Reconciliation Action Plan, including Dalabon Braun Blood from Darren Siwes. Julie Dowling, Darren Siwes and three artists from Mangkaja Arts; Mawukura Jimmy Nerrimah, Wakartu Cory Surprise and Dolly Snell feature in the publication and are artworks held in the Murdoch University Art Collection. […]

June 15, 2015

The art of balancing cultural traditions with tourism

Fiji is rich in Indigenous cultural heritage and tradition. Within the past three decades, Fiji’s tourism has grown dramatically, overtaking traditional industries to become its main export sector. While the country depends on tourism for its growth and development, its creators are challenged to keep pace with demands for producing cultural arts products, and at […]

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 […]

March 16, 2015

A Colourful Life Celebrated

Respected traditional Kaiadilt elder and Viscopy member Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori) sadly passed away last month, leaving behind a legacy as one of Australia’s most extraordinary contemporary artists. Mrs Gabori exploded onto the art scene in 2005 when she began painting at Mornington Island Art at the age of 81, sharing her unique perspective in […]

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Image Credit: Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel. ‘Kapi Wankanya’ (2017). Acrylic on linen, 1220 x 2000mm.

Image Credit: Hoodie from Lifewear Australia NAIDOC 2018 apparel collection featuring Geoff Sellman artwork, Her Opal Spirits, 2018. © Geoff Sellman/Copyright Agency, 2018. Photo courtesy Lifewear Australia.

Image Credit: A team of more than 60 graphic designers, engineers and painters at Boeing’s Seattle facility worked with Balarinji to install the design onto the 787-9 Dreamliner, taking more than ten days to complete. There are close to 5000 dots on the aircraft. Image courtesy of Qantas.

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