June 3, 2019

Copyright Agency awards $46k to authors, artists

Eight authors and three artists have received a total of $46,440 from the Cultural Fund’s IGNITE grants program. The grants, ranging from $1900 to $5000, support the individuals through structured mentorships, residencies and study, some of which involves international travel. The authors are:  NSW: Winnie Dunn, Adele Dumont, Ellen O’Brien and Michele Freeman. VIC: Janine […]

May 8, 2019

New Alexander Calder exhibition at National Gallery Victoria

Alexander Calder is celebrated in his first Australian retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), featuring works never-before-seen in Australia, including an impressive display of Calder’s most iconic forms: suspended mobiles. Known as the artist who made sculpture move, Calder’s radical and pioneering practice changed the course of modern art. The Copyright Agency has […]

May 8, 2019

What you’ve been asking us about resale royalty

The key questions we receive from artists are: When is a sale a resale? and When does royalty apply? When is a sale a resale? To answer this question, we often need to take a step back and talk about the first or primary sale from the artist and who they sell to, or through. […]

May 8, 2019

ACCA launches its Influential Australian Artists series

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne has launched the first exhibition in its Influential Australian Artists series supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. The exhibition, Tom Nicholson: Public Meeting, is the first major survey of Tom Nicholson’s practice in Australia and abroad. It runs from 6 April to 16 June and […]

May 8, 2019

Narrative, language and intergenerational learning drive 2019 John Fries Award exhibition

One of Australia’s most anticipated early-career contemporary art events, the 2019 Copyright Agency John Fries Award exhibition, will open at UNSW Galleries on 21 June, when the winner of the $10,000 award will be announced. This year’s John Fries Award exhibition, There is Fiction in the Spaces Between, brings ambitious new works by the ten […]

May 6, 2019

When an artist and an author meet

Sydney artist Evert Ploeg has been illustrating book covers for children’s author, poet and publisher Geoffrey McSkimming since the late 1980s but had only spent limited time with the Cairo Jim chronicles author. When his daughters were around 9 and 6, “we started going to book launches” as they were into McSkimming’s Phyllis Wong books […]

April 2, 2019

Artists’ works speak of community in remote WA medical clinics

The artwork of four Martumili Arts Centre artists have been licensed and replicated in beautiful metal screens for two remote community medical centres in the Western Desert. The Punmu and Parnngurr Aboriginal Health Clinics in the Western Australian Desert, 1800km from Perth and at least 400km away from their nearest towns, are some of the […]

Betty Chimney & Raylene Walatinna, Nganampa Ngura (Our Country) (2018), Acrylic on Linen, 122 x 152cm.

February 26, 2019

Finalists announced for John Fries Award 2019

The Copyright Agency today announced the finalists for the 10th annual John Fries Award. Led in 2019 by respected Melbourne-based visual arts curator and writer Miriam Kelly, the John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. This year’s finalists are: Betty Chimney […]

Image Credit: Madison Bycroft, Gong Farmer Shit Stirrer and the maiden of grief, 2019 (detail, still), digital video installation, courtesy and © of the artist.

Image Credit:

Image Credit: Katrina Sedgwick

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive updates in your inbox
every month.