The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Guides

Accessibility

Art & You: A Planning Guide

Art & You: A Planning Guide is a downloadable booklet for people with disability, mental health issues or who are Deaf to help them talk about why art is important in their lives.

A guide to talking about disability

The language of disability is always evolving and different terms are used within and outside of Australia. It can be political, it can be personal, and it can be quite confusing. Here are a few tips to help you on your way from Arts Access Victoria.

Art for Everyone: an inclusive practice guide

Arts Access Victoria's guide is a workbook for people and organisations who wish to develop inclusive art programs in a meaningful and respectful way. 

Art Censorship

The Australian Classification Board

Find out how the Australian Classification Board can help classify an artwork that is likely to offend.

How to Avoid Trouble and How to Deal with it

What you should know about threats to artistic freedom - for artists, galleries and arts workers.

Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs)

ARIs in Australia

A full list of Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) across Australia.

Managing your ARI

Top 5 considerations for managing your ARI.

Australian ARIs Running With It

This factsheet looks at how ARIs are developed, organised and operated.

Setting up an ARI

This factsheet will help you define and refine your ARI development and operations.

Steps to Becoming Incorporated

This checklist takes you through the steps to becoming an incorporated association.

Governance Models for ARIs

This factsheet takes you through the governance options for setting up an ARI.

Association's Constitution Checklist

This checklist will take you through the rules and operating needs of ARIs.

Awards, Prizes and Competitions

Awards and Competitions Checklist

An essential checklist for any artist submitting for an award or competition.

Business Skills

Artists' fees factsheet

Drawn from the Code of Practice this is a quick reference for artists' fees, workshop fees, travel expenses and more.

Pricing your work template

Step-by-step template to pricing your work, using cost-based, competition-based and demand-based pricing models.

Contracts and Agreements

This factsheet covers contract and agreement types and negotiating.

Insurance

Find out about what types of insurance you might need in your practice and how they work.

How do I price my artwork?

What to consider when setting a price for your artwork.

*Updated with video and digital media art 2017.

Becoming a Sole Trader

This factsheet will take you through the steps to becoming a Sole Trader and business and tax requirements.

Cashflow Forecast

This template can help you plan your income and expenditure allowing you to budget.

Art Business Skills

This factsheet outlines some basic art business skills, planning, budgeting and marketing.

Budgeting for your Business

Learn an essential skill - how to budget for your art practice as a business.

Where There's a Will

This factsheet provides information on estate planning for artists, covering all the options including making a will.

Collecting Art

Six Steps for Collecting Art

This factsheet takes you through six steps to start building an art collection.

Commercial Galleries

Artwork Consignment for Sale Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Artist and Gallery Agency Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Approaching Commercial Galleries

This factsheet will take you through how to find and approach the best commercial gallery for you.

How do I protect myself when selling on consignment?

Find out how to protect your interests when selling on consignment with a gallery or shop.

Commercial Gallery Representation

This factsheet is indicates the core services a gallery providing full gallery representation may offer and what to expect from these relationships.

Personal Property Securities Act

This factsheet explains the Personal Property Securities Act and how artists can register their ownership of artworks before consigning them to a gallery.

Commission

Commissioning Visual Artwork Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Copyright

Who owns the copyright in a photograph?

This factsheet outlines copyright issues surrounding photographs of artwork.

Crafts Practitioners & Copyright

Information sheets provided by Australian Copyright Council.

Photographers & Copyright

Information sheets provided by Australian Copyright Council.

Artists & Copyright

Information sheets provided by Australian Copyright Council.

Copyright Infringement - Letter of Demand Template

Template letter provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Protecting Your Ideas

Information sheet provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Image Reproduction Licence Template for Merchandise

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Copyright Licensing Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Copyright and Social Media

What you need to know about copyright when posting your images on social media.

Trade marks

This factsheet guides you through written trade marks.

Patents

This factsheet takes you through the Patents Act and how it applies to you.

Designs Act

This factsheet takes you through the Designs Act 2003.

Intellectual Property

This factsheet takes you through the ins and outs of intellectual property rights.

Copyright Basics

This factsheet discusses the ins and outs of copyright law.

Moral Rights

This factsheet outlines artists moral rights legislation.

Licensing Copyright

This factsheet takes you through your options for licensing your copyright.

Resale Royalty

Find out the facts on Australia's Resale Royalty scheme.

Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals Factsheet

This factsheet takes you through the considerations for putting on an event or festival in a public space.

Exhibitions

Loan of Artwork for Public Exhibition Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Independent Curator and Exhibition Space Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Artwork Consignment for Sale Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Putting on a Show

This factsheet provides you with a nuts and bolts checklist that will help you to plan and present your next exhibition.

Is It Worth It?

This checklist helps you assess if a particular exhibiting opportunity is really worth it.

Applying for Exhibitions

This factsheet takes you through the process of applying for and securing an exhibition venue.

Exhibition Contracts

This checklist outlines the possible inclusions and considerations for drafting or entering into an exhibition contract.

Empty Spaces

This factsheet takes you through how to engage with access and manage empty spaces.

Planning an Exhibition

If you are planning an exhibition you and the venue should work through this checklist at the negotiation stage.

External Funding

Crowdfunding

This factsheet will introduce you to the possibilities of crowdfunding and help you prepare your campaign.

Grants

Grant Budgets Template

This template provides a guide to writing a budget for your grant application and takes you through income and expenditure.

Dealing with Rejection

In this factsheet Mark takes you through his experiences of rejection and how to get back on track with your arts practice.

Grant Budgets

This factsheet provides a guide to writing a budget for your grant application and takes you through income and expenditure.

Grant Writing

This factsheet will take you through the grant application process and gives you some practical grant writing tips.

Grant and Support Material Checklist

An essential checklist to read through before submitting your grant application.

Indigenous Protocols

Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian visual arts

The Australia Council guide for visual arts guides spell out clearly the legal as well as the ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Protocols for acknowledgement of country in Australia.

Valuing Art, Respecting Culture

Valuing Art, Respecting Culture is a protocols document that continues on from work undertaken by many individuals and organisations, in providing a guide for appropriate ways to work with Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Culture and Community Guidelines

Issues and Protocols Specific to Indigenous Practitioners: Indigenous Culture and Community Guidelines are intended to further inform the practice of people who work in the Indigenous Australian Art Industry.

International

Working Internationally

This factsheet provides information on things you need to consider when working and travelling internationally.

Overseas Itinerary

This template and checklist covers all the practical considerations for travel as well as some special points just for artists!

Legal

Debt Recovery - Letter of Demand Template

Template letter provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Copyright Infringement - Letter of Demand Template

Template letter provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Moral Rights Infringement - Letter of Demand Template

Template letter provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Photographer's Model Release Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Marketing

Public Presentations

This guide outlines key considerations for putting together a dynamic and engaging presentations.

Creating a Website

This factsheet guides you through how to make your own website, what to consider if engaging a designer, and how to prioritise your content.

Marketing and presenting your work

This factsheet takes you through how to market and present your work.

Marketing and presenting yourself

This factsheet takes you through how to go about creating a career for yourself.

Media Releases

This factsheet takes you through the top tips for creating a media release for your next exhibition annoucement.

Artist Statements

This factsheet discusses how to write a great artist statement and use it as a marketing tool for your practice.

How do I create a good photograph of my work?

Find out how to best document your work for promotion or submitting in applications.

How can I get heard?

This Q&A takes you through different ways you can get yourself out there and build your practice and business.

Writing an artist CV

This template will guide you through structuring your professional artist CV.

Marketing Plan

This template will take you through the process of completing a marketing plan for you and your work.

Social Media

This factsheet helps you decide which social media platform is right for you and your practice.

Networking

Your Local Council

This factsheet gives you information on how to get involved with your local council.

Your Local Community

This factsheet looks at different options for artists to build contacts with their local community.

Networking 101

This factsheet provides a simple introductory guide on how to network like pro.

Mentorship

This factsheet takes you through tips for finding a mentor and getting the most from the experience.

Organisations

Superannuation Contribution Obligations for Employers

This guide explains what might determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor for superannuation purposes.

Managing Volunteers

Volunteers and interns can be a great asset to an arts organisation, but finding and managing volunteers requires planning to ensure that the relationship between organisation and volunteer is mutually beneficial.

Development Strategy

A development strategy articulates how you will financially realise your program or project. This template is a guide for the kind of information that should be included and how it is commonly presented.

Project Management

Risk Management

Risk Management helps you detail and mitigate any potential risks that might arise through the development and implementation of a project/event or the running of an organisation.

Matchmaking for Project Development

This factsheet guides you on making potential project partners.

Project Management Template

This template outlines what you will need to consider when undertaking a project.

Public Art

Expressions of Interest (EOI)

This factsheet provides some tips and guidelines for completing an expression of interest.

Street Art: Getting Started

Van T Rudd introduces the basics for getting started as a professional street artist.

Public Art Commission Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

The Project Brief

This checklist will help you develop a project brief for the commissioning of a public art project.

Budget and Visual Concept Fees

This checklist provides you with considerations for preparing budgets associated with creating public artwork.

Commission Contracts

This checklist provides an overview of special purpose commissioning agreements.

Public Art Commission Contracts

This checklist takes you through the suggested inclusions of a public art commission agreement.

The Selection Process

This checklist takes you through the process of that is undertaken when selecting a successful public art commission.

Residencies

Artist Residency Checklist

This checklist provides an outline of all the considerations artists should be thinking about when undertaking a residency.

List of Studios & Residencies

A full list of Studios & Residencies across Australia and links to international opportunities.

Artist in Residence Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

What is an Artist Residency?

This factsheet provides information on artist residencies including applying for a residency.

Residency Contracts

Got a residency coming up and looking at the paperwork? This checklist takes you through the possible inclusions for a residency contract or agreement.

Sales and Stockists

Guidelines for limited edition prints

A quick reference guide for artists creating and selling limited edition prints.

Selling Your Art Online

This factsheet guides you through the process of online sales and selling through your own website, written by Art Pharmacy.

Sale of Artwork

This factsheet outlines the key considerations for a sale of artwork agreement.

Artwork Consignment for Sale Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Sale of Artwork Agreement Template

Sample agreement provided by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Finding (and Keeping) Stockists

This factsheet guides you in finding and maintaining stockists for your work.

Selling from Museum and Gallery Shops

This factsheet provides information on best practice for selling from shops.

Selling from Exhibitions

This factsheet provides guidance on providing accurate and transparent information about exhibition policies.

Sponsorship and Philanthropy

Sponsorships and Partnerships

This factsheet provides a guide on what to look for in a potential sponsor or partner and how that relationship operates.

Steps to a Sponsorship Proposal

This factsheet will guide you through the steps to presenting a sponsorship proposal to a potential sponsor.

Studios

Artist Studios factsheet

This factsheet provides some general guidelines for finding and maintaining a studio and studio practice.

Storage Solutions

This factsheet takes you through storage solutions to assist in maximising your studio space and productivity.

Setting up an Art Trail

What do you need to consider when setting up an art trail? Written by Jill Gientzotis

List of Studios & Residencies

A full list of Studios & Residencies across Australia and links to international opportunities.

Inventory Template

This template will assist you in organising your studio and your artwork, tools and stock inventories.

Renting Studio Spaces

This factsheet takes you through the process of leasing a studio space and being a tenant.

Superannuation

Completing a Super Choice Form

Not sure what to write on your Super Choice Form? This guide tells you where to get the information you need and which sections to fill in.

Superannuation Contribution Obligations for Employers

This guide explains what might determine whether a person is an employee or a contractor for superannuation purposes.

Taxation

What to do if your ABN is cancelled

This guide explains why your ABN may have been cancelled and how you can go about getting it reinstated.

EOFY - Tax Checklist for Artists

A practical guide for artists on assessable income and what you can claim as a deduction in your tax return.

Tax Assessable Income and Deductions

FInd out what are considered tax assessable income and expenses.

Accelerated Depreciation for Small Business

Find out how the new accelerated depreciation scheme can benefit you.

Should I have an ABN?

Don't have an ABN? Find out how registering can benefit you, your cashflow and your practice.

Invoicing Checklist

This checklist will take you through all the requirements for issuing an tax invoice as laid out by the Australian Taxation Office.

Who Pays the GST?

This factsheet provides an answer to the complicated question: who pays the GST, the gallery or the artist?

Glossary of Tax Terms

This factsheet provides definitions for some of the taxation terms you may come across in running your arts practice as a business.

Tax, Artists, Galleries

Unravelling the tax implications involved when artists sell work directly, on commission or on consignment.

Public Taxation Ruling

Public Taxation Ruling: carrying on a business as a professional artist and its implications for practicing artists.

Working in the Arts

Unpaid work

Fair Work Ombudsman Factsheet

Internships

This checklist explains the benefits of internships, how to go about finding the right one for you and what will be expected of you during your internship.

How to Get Involved in the Arts

This factsheet should assist you in navigating the art world in order to make a meaningful connection with the industry.

Workshops

Workshops

This checklists details contractual considerations when running workshops.