Discover the Art of Wellness

The University of Tasmania has recently introduced a new engagement subject called Foundations of Arts and Health. This unit has been made available to increase community awareness in the benefits of arts-based approaches to health and well-being.

Foundations of Arts and Health explores ways to integrate creative practices into programs and to promote personal health and well being. This unit will give students evidence based examples of the benefit of arts based approaches to health and well-being as well as practical activities from a variety of creative genres.

The University of Tasmania also has  additional units that may be of interest, such as Stress Reduction and Mindfulness. Both of these units are available online, with full HECS scholarships available. 

Discover the Art of Wellness


Australian Copyright Council National Seminar Series
Melbourne | 8–10 May 2017

As gallery and museum professionals, you deal with copyright all the time.

The Australian Copyright Council’s new 2017 seminar Understanding Copyright includes a range of sessions designed specifically for you.

Whether you’re new to copyright or in need of a refresher, this seminar will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand copyright and apply it in a practical setting.

Topics include:

  • Copyright basis for GLAM;
  • Gallery & Museum Exceptions;
  • Galleries & Museums in the Digital Age;
  • Using Copyright Confidently: Galleries & Museums;
  • Social media for Galleries & Museums; and
  • Putting it in to practice: Workshop For Galleries & Museums.

Date:    8–10 May2017
Venue:  Karstens: 123 Queen Street, VIC 3000
To register or download a brochure click here | | 02 9101 2377

Unconference | Teacher as Artist

Art Education Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts present Unconference | Teacher as Artist. A day of inspiration, collaboration, learning and development.


Fri. 3 February 2017

9:00 am – 10:00 pm AEDT


Victorian College of the Arts

Federation Hall

5/7-17 Grant St

Southbank, VIC 3006


Tenth National Indigenous Arts Awards

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Tenth National Indigenous Arts Awards

The National Indigenous Arts Awards were established in 2007 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.  These prestigious national awards consist of the Red Ochre and the Dreaming Award. 

In 2017 the 10th annual  awards will celebrate the achievements and artistic creativity of exceptional Indigenous artists on the 27th May. Celebrated on this day each year, the awards are decided by a national panel of Indigenous arts peers consisting of leading Indigenous artists, curators and arts managers from each state and territory, including the Torres Strait Islands.

The Red Ochre Award

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel established the Red Ochre Award in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their lifetime achievement in the arts and their outstanding contributions to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally. 

Nominations for a senior artists are accepted from arts and community organisations and individuals. Senior artists may not nominate themselves and nominations may only be made for a living artists. Awards will not be given posthumously.

In selecting a nominee the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel will take into account the artist’s outstanding lifetime achievement to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Artistic leadership.

Dreaming Award

The Dreaming Award recognises an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years and supports the opportunity for them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally. 

The successful candidate is mentored in their chosen discipline (music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, new media, and cultural vibrancy) by another established professional artist or by an arts institution nominated by the artist. In addition, the Australia Council will promote the achievements of the recipient to inspire other young artists.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Panel will base their selection on the following considerations:

  • A project idea/concept
  • Artistic merit of the project
  • Cultural integrity of the project
  • Professional development benefits of the project for the individual and the art form involved
  • Experience of the artists and/or arts workers involved, with skills appropriate to the project.

Nominations close Tuesday 4 October .For more information contact Australia Council at: or by phone on 02 9215 9167 or toll free on 1800 226 912.

Complete the nominations form online here.

You can also download nomination forms for the Red Ochre AwardFellowship and Dreaming Award and email them back to the Australia Council.

Viscopy - Royalties generated from resale scheme

Six years after it began, Australia’s resale royalty scheme has generated more than $4 million for artists, with more than half of those artists living and working in remote and regional Australia.

More than 12,800 eligible artworks have been resold, well above predicted expectations for the scheme, returning a 5 per cent royalty to 1200 artists and providing them with invaluable information on the provenance and changing value of their work.

CEO of the Copyright Agency, Adam Suckling, says the scheme’s particular success in delivering rewards to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is evident.

“In total, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists received $1.4 million since 2010. Some 40 per cent of the artists paid under the scheme live in the Northern Territory, while another 16 per cent live in South Australia and Western Australia – mostly near the centre.”

Of the Top 20 Australian artists earning royalties, five (25 per cent) are Aboriginal and four of those are women.

“The scheme has delivered several positives: much-needed income to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, and importantly, information to artists on the changing value of their work as it progresses through the secondary art market,” Mr Suckling says. “Artists Australia-wide have welcomed these changes.”

“The scheme’s success has been recognised overseas as an international benchmark, with some countries, such as Canada and China, looking to introduce the scheme.”

Most royalties being paid have been between $50 and $500 and more than 66 per cent of royalties have been paid directly to living artists, with the remainder paid to artists’ estates and beneficiaries. Artists from emerging to senior, remote to urban, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous are participants in the scheme, demonstrating the importance of the right to them.

Artist Nyurpaya Kaika, who works from the Tjala Arts centre in the APY Lands, says it’s fair that when the work is sold, that there is a royalty for the “… Aboriginal artist who is still in community, working hard on their artwork, and trying to make a better future for their kids. This resale royalty might be important for all artists, but it is really important for Aboriginal artists.”

Resale rights are recognised in 81 countries.

For more information on the resale royalty scheme, go to

Arts Law Centre of Australia - Fake Art Harms Culture

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy are at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair calling for the Government to tackle the problem of fake ‘Indigenous’ arts and craft being sold in Australia, harming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and incomes.

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is full of fantastic art, crafts and merchandise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have created. Consumers can buy these artworks with confidence and with the knowledge that the artworks are being sold ethically and are authentically made.

However if the same consumers were to go into town and into a shop marketed at tourists, it suddenly becomes very difficult to know what is real and what is fake ‘Indigenous’ artwork.

The abundance of fake or inauthentic ‘Aboriginal-style’ arts and crafts available in Australian tourism shops causes harm to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as it misappropriates and exploits the stories, imagery, knowledge and heritage embodied in authentic works.

It also destroys the income streams that could be earned from selling genuine arts and craft works to the many consumers wanting to connect with Indigenous Australia.

This means artists are cheated, buyers are cheated and Australia as a country is cheated.

The Fake Art Harms Culture campaign asks that the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) take action against the many businesses involved in producing, importing and selling fake goods in Australia, as well informing consumers of their ability to take action against this issue.

In addition, the Government should implement stronger and more effective laws to prohibit the marketing and sale of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts products within Australia unless it is made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples (or licensed with their full authority, which is clearly documented).

For more information on this campaign please contact Gabrielle Sullivan, CEO of the Indigenous Art Code on 0438 637 862 or email or Robyn Ayres, CEO of Arts Law Centre of Australia or

Global Association of International Artists

 The GAIA Project is a not for profit cultural initiative launched to foster the activity

and widen the horizons of young disadvantaged Australian and International

artists. The objective is to promote, through the artworks of young international

figurative artists, their regional culture, traditions and folklore in Australia, and

through the artworks of young Australian artists (including Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islands) their culture, traditions and folklore overseas.


Click here to download the brochure.

Voice of the Artist: Survey Results

With support from ACGA, the Copyright Agency | Viscopy has undertaken a three-part project, Voice of the Artist, to explore and discover more about the extent to which visual artists have been impacted by the online environment. After conducting the largest survey of its kind, it was found that visual artists are losing out on online revenue. 

Click here to read more about the survey results.

Click here to download the research results publication.

New survey paints grim picture of gender balance in Australian visual arts

Article in The Guardian on 9 March 2016, investigating the Countess Report which shows that despite women dominating visual art degrees, commercial galleries and state museums still under-represent them. Includes comments by ACGA President Anna Pappas.

Click here to read the full article.

For her 2014 piece Women versus Men, Elvis Richardson cut out each mention of an artist in Art and Australia magazine and grouped them by gender before arranging them on two trophy-shaped backgrounds. It took 10 issues to fill the women’s trophy (right). It took only three issues to fill the men’s (left). Photograph: Elvis Richardson

For her 2014 piece Women versus Men, Elvis Richardson cut out each mention of an artist in Art and Australia magazine and grouped them by gender before arranging them on two trophy-shaped backgrounds. It took 10 issues to fill the women’s trophy (right). It took only three issues to fill the men’s (left). Photograph: Elvis Richardson

APAGA in Australia

Late last year, ACGA President Anna Pappas was invited by the Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA) to become a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Art Gallery Alliance (APAGA), and has since attended three forums in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

With support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian chapter played host to the most recent forum, with delegates from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taipei making the trip down under.

APAGA in Australia

Winners of the 2015 Melbourne Art Foundation Awards for the Visual Arts

At a gala event held at the National Gallery of Victoria on 20th August 2015, the Melbourne Art Foundation presented the Visionary Award to John Kaldor AM, the Artist Award to Bill Henson, and the inaugural Young Artist Award to Daniel Boyd.

Click here for more information on the winners.

Bill Henson, Roslyn Oxley & Daniel Boyd. Image credit: Tom O'Connor

Bill Henson, Roslyn Oxley & Daniel Boyd. Image credit: Tom O'Connor

Thousands lodge submissions to the Senate inquiry into arts cuts

More than 2260 individuals and groups, including ACGA, have lodged submissions to the Senate inquiry into cuts to arts funding.

Article in The Age, 21 July 2015, outlining the proposed cuts and changes to Australia Council funding, with comments from National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) executive director Tamara Winikoff.

Click here to read the full article.