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Art for money's sake: protecting the cultural rights of indigenous arts Indigenous Intellectual Property Seminar, 12 July 2000, Melbourne.



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Art for Money’s Sake: Protecting the Cultural Rights of Indigenous Arts Indigenous Intellectual Property Seminar, 12 July 2000, Melbourne

 

23 June 2000

 

A one-day seminar in Melbourne will examine the intellectual property issues arising from the growing domestic and international interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts.

ATSIC and The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne will jointly host Art for Money’s Sake: Protecting the Cultural Rights of Indigenous Arts as the first in a planned national series of such events.

In 1996, the Indigenous contribution to Australia’s arts industry was estimated at $200 million — but how much of this flows through to the producers?

What is the reputation of the arts industry in Victoria in dealing with Indigenous art and crafts? How can Indigenous producers feel confident about the use and representation of their works?

Keynote speakers include:

· Dr Mick Dodson (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies);

· Terri Janke (solicitor, author of Our Culture: Our Future — a report on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights);

· Professor Marcia Langton (Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne).

Workshops for stakeholders (Koori artists, gallery owners, auctioneers, tourism operators, filmmakers, government agencies, universities, museums, etc) offer the opportunity to identify specific issues and propose the means for resolving them.

The closing plenary session will include a panel discussion, moderated by ABC Radio’s Jon Faine, aimed at bringing the threads together.

Art for Money’s Sake: Protecting the Cultural Rights of Indigenous Arts is a free seminar open to the public. Due to limited space, advance registration is requested.

Media inquiries: Martin Freckmann, ATSIC 02 6121 4962 / martin.freckmann@atsic.gov.au

Seminar information: Sonia Smallacombe, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Task Force, ATSIC 02 6121 4611 / sonia.smallacombe@atsic.gov.au

Registration: Rhyll Nance, The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne 03 8344 7021 / r.nance@arts.unimelb.edu.au

 

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