We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

Inter-State News

The John Fries Memorial Prize 2010 is an award of $10,000 and a solo exhibition at Viscopy's contemporary art space, Blackfriars off Broadway. This annual prize is open to all artists resident in Australia whose work is not represented in the collection of a regional, state, territory or national public art gallery. Artists of all ages and disciplines, whether members of Viscopy or not, are eligible to enter. The prize has been donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy’s director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy. Completed entry applications must reach Viscopy by 5pm Monday 24 May 2010. For more detailed information please go to http://www.viscopy.org.au/john-fries-prize where you can download an entry form with conditions. Viscopy is Australia and New Zealand's not-for-profit copyright collecting organisation for the visual arts providing copyright licensing services on behalf of our members to a wide and varied customer base. We represent approximately 43% of Australian and New Zealand artists and their beneficiaries and 40,000 international artists and beneficiaries in Australian and New Zealand territories through reciprocal agreements with 45 visual arts rights management agencies around the world. Andrew Leslie, Blackfriars off Broadway, Viscopy email aleslie@viscopy.org.au website www.viscopy.org.au.

“Artistic defence” for child pornography offences in NSW: NAVA Media Release 10 March 2010: Executive Director of NAVA, Tamara Winikoff said on 10 March 2010, “artistic defence” is to be removed from the NSW Crimes Act for child pornography offences.

Artists Resale Royalty Roll-Out Welcomed: NAVA Media Release 7 April 2010 The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) welcomed the announcement today by Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett, that the visual artists resale royalty scheme will be fully operational by mid-year to be managed by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). When the Act was passed in December 2009, the scheme would deliver five per cent of the sale price when art works are resold through the art market for $1000 or more with no upper limit, and would apply not only to living artists but also for their beneficiaries up to 70 years after the artist’s death. From early June 2010, artworks which are first acquired and then resold will have the resale royalty applied to them.
www.visualarts.net.au www.artistcareer.com.au

Breach of copyright: Article by John Bailey in The Age, February 28, 2010:
In recent times:
  • Melbourne artist and designer – found his brooches worn in London, obtained from a wholesale market in Hong Kong. 
  • Sydney designer - received an email from a customer who had spotted one of his designs in a store chain in England. 
  • British artist - design was reproduced on stationery products.
Costs of litigation are prohibitive. The author mentions web sites such as
http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com and http://urbncounterfeiters.blogspot.com
have been established to publicly record cases of design theft and shame the perpetrators.
Online supporters may take up complaints made.

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