A National Reconciliation Week poem

This week marks the start of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), spanning from 27 May (to commemorate the 1967 referendum) to 3 June (in recognition of the Mabo case). NRW is about exploring Australia’s shared histories, cultures and achievements and finding ways to contribute to the reconciliation process. This year’s theme is In this together, which […]

Derek Productions remedies use of Aboriginal art in Netflix series After Life

The British company, Derek Productions, will pay compensation for using an unauthorised copy of a painting by the Aboriginal artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri in the first series of After Life, starring Ricky Gervais, on Netflix earlier this year. The company has also agreed to pay a fee for the use of the Papunya Tula artist’s copyright-protected work […]

Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign

Federal Court rules against Birubi but Aboriginal artists need further protections

Joint statement – Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency, Arts Law Centre of Australia The Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency and the Arts Law Centre of Australia have called for tougher laws to protect against the misrepresentation of fake art in the wake of the Federal Court’s findings against Birubi. The Federal Court found that Birubi […]

Copyright Agency licenses Qantas’ special Indigenous livery

As Qantas’ exciting new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Alice Springs recently, members of the Copyright Agency’s visual arts licensing team were on the ground to see the outcome of their work with the estate of the artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The beautiful artwork adorning the new plane is an adaptation of the late […]

New Magabala book resources to help secondary students

Magabala Books develops new resources for Reading Australia. Read the story in the Koori Mail.      

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 […]

Three creators receive grants

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 […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

Image Credit: Created using Shutterstock and Unsplash.

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