National Reconciliation Week: Artists in the Black

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Monday, 28 May 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Artists in the Black at the WAG is presented by the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) in partnership with the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. This project has been made possible through the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Besen Family Foundation.

Warrnambool Art Gallery is delighted to be working with Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and the Arts Law Centre of Australia to deliver Artists in the Black Regional Victoria for National Reconciliation Week 2018 (27 May to 3 June).


Artists in the Black in Regional Victoria is an initiative that is being delivered by the PGAV in partnership with the Arts Law Centre of Australia with three participating regional galleries and Koorie Heritage Trust. The public gallery sector in Victoria has a long and proud history of collecting, commissioning and presenting the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, however PGAV research has identified that less than 1% of employees within the sector are Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander and visitation amongst this sector of the community is low. This program has been developed by the PGAV as a way for regional galleries to build greater engagement with First Nations peoples in their community.

The Program

This FREE program is comprised of two parts:

• Day 1: Join Robyn Ayers, Arts Law CEO and Bibi Barba, Artists in the Black Coordinator, for a walkthrough of the important legal issues affecting artists: copyright, contracts, licencing, commissioning of artworks and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP);

• Day 2: Join Vanessa Gerrans for a behind-the-scenes tour of the WAG.  This is your opportunity to meet gallery staff and learn what’s involved in presenting exhibitions and managing the gallery’s collection of visual art.

Morning tea and lunch provided on both days.

Legal Advice Clinics

In addition to the Artist in the Black Program, Arts Law Centre of Australia staff will provide free legal advice sessions for artists from 1pm - 4:30pm on Monday 28 May. This is your chance to ask a question about your individual legal concern. Make the most of this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the legal issues affecting your arts practice. Bookings are required separately through the Arts Law Centre of Australia:

Advice Clinic Bookings

Arts Law Centre of Australia

Email: artslaw [at] artslaw [dot] com [dot] au

Telephone: (02) 9356 2566

How to get involved 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists at all stages of their careers, cultural and/or arts workers and cultural practitioners living and working in South-West Victoria are invited to participate in Artists in the Black Regional Victoria.Participation in both program days is strongly encouraged.

To RSVP please reserve your tickets for each day via Eventbrite.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time when all Australians can come together to share knowledge, stories and histories so that we can together, grow as a nation. The week is held from 27 May to 3 June each year, commemorating two significant milestones: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum (May 27th) and the High Court Mabo decision (June 3rd). The 2018 theme is 'Don't Keep History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow'. CLICK HERE to find more about National Reconciliation Week.

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