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 […]

November 8, 2017

Green light for Copyright Agency and Viscopy merger

After a successful five-year ‘Services Agreement’ and a Scheme of Arrangement approved by the Supreme Court, the corporate regulator ASIC and members, Copyright Agency and Viscopy formally merged on 30 November. At extraordinary general meetings of the Copyright Agency and Viscopy, members of both organisations overwhelmingly voted to support the merger of the two rights […]

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 […]

October 6, 2017

Dates set for Copyright Agency and Viscopy EGMs on merger

The Copyright Agency and Viscopy announced their intention to merge earlier this year. This process is now underway and, as such, two Extraordinary General Meetings will be held on 2 November – one for Viscopy members (to vote for the change) and one for Copyright Agency members to vote to amend the Copyright Agency’s constitution […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 23, 2017

Artists reinterpret rare Adelaide collections of bugs and fungi

Artist and Viscopy member Angela Valamanesh’s new exhibition Everybody’s Everything: Insect/Orchid opened on 23 August at the University of Adelaide to critical acclaim. Her works have evolved from an artist’s residency at the University’s Rare Books & Special Collections, made possible by  a $15,000 Create Career Fund grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Valamanesh […]

KUBA DORABIALSKI Invocation Trilogy #1: Floor Dance of Lenin's Resurrection 2017 Single channel video Production still © Kuba Dorabialski / Licensed by Viscopy

August 11, 2017

Winner Announced for the John Fries Award 2017

Winner Kuba Dorabialski with his winning work at the UNSW Galleries. Photo: David Varga. Copyright Agency | Viscopy has announced the winner of its prestigious annual John Fries Award 2017 which recognises the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand with a $10,000 non-acquisitive art award. The John Fries Award 2017, now […]

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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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