Lisa Sammut. ‘You are sensible too’ (2014).

How we supported the visual arts in 2019

Throughout the last calendar year, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provided valuable support to Australia’s visual arts sector. Grants were awarded to individual artists to create new work and to pursue career and professional development opportunities, and to organisations to facilitate professional mentorships, residencies (both at home and abroad), skills development and exhibition outcomes. In […]

John Fries Award 2020 finalists announced

The Copyright Agency has announced the finalists for one of Australia’s most highly anticipated awards for early career artists, the John Fries Award 2020. The John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. For the second consecutive year, respected Melbourne-based visual arts […]

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 […]

An exclusive offer for Copyright Agency supporters

Sydney Contemporary, Australia’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international art galleries, is offering Copyright Agency supporters 20% off tickets to this year’s unmissable event! Taking place at Carriageworks from 12–15 September 2019, Sydney Contemporary will deliver a captivating program of more than 150 events. With curated exhibitions and installations, live performances and […]

Mangkaja and Gorman create an Indigenous collection setting a benchmark in collaboration

One of Australia’s most remote art centres, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in WA, has teamed up with one of the country’s most iconic fashion brands, Gorman, to design a capsule collection that will launch in August. The collaboration is Gorman’s first with Indigenous artists and saw the Copyright Agency negotiate what has been billed as […]

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 […]

Justine Youssef wins 2019 John Fries Award for ‘Under the table I learnt how to feed you’

The Copyright Agency has today announced Sydney artist Justine Youssef as the winner of the $10,000 John Fries Award at the opening of the award exhibition at UNSW Galleries. The judges also highly commended mother-daughter duo Betty Chimney and Raylene Walatinna from South Australia for their work Nganmpa Ngura (Our Country). Now celebrating its 10th […]

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. […]

Image Credit: Created by Copyright Agency. Featured members: Anita Heiss, photo by Helen Kassila. Mikey Cahill, photo by Olivia Tran. Sally Rippin, photo by Olivia Tran. Ramesh Nithiyendran, photo by Bryan Sun.

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Image Credit: Griffith Review 70 cover image. Louise Zhang, Slosh Samples #2 [detail], 2014.

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