Guides

Accessibility

How to put on an accessible exhibition

Published by Shape Arts in the UK, this is a practical guide for installing and delivering an accessible exhibition.

A language guide: trans and gender diverse inclusion

Published by ACON, this is a language guide for trans and gender inclusion.

Guide to inclusive language in the workplace

Building inclusion through the power of language is a guide to inclusive language in the workplace published by the Diversity Council of Australia.

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. 

Advocacy

NAVA Advocacy Toolkit 2019

Amplify your voice and let’s make sure that all parties commit to investing in artistic courage.

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)

Handover Checklist for NFP Organisations

This checklist from the ATO will assist ARI administrator changeover.

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.

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.

Steps to Becoming Incorporated

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

Awards, Prizes and Competitions

Awards and Competitions Checklist

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

Business Skills

Insurance

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

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.

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.

Where There's a Will

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

Budgeting for your Business

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

Art Business Skills

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

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.

Community

Collaborating with Regional Communities

Guidelines & Tools for Regional Arts and Cultural Engagement from Regional Arts Australia.

Conservation

Conservation: A visual glossary

Published by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), this is a visual glossary to damage and deterioration of artworks.

Handling, transportation, storage & display

Published by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), this is a guide to handling, transportation, handling and display of artworks.

Conservation: Damage & Decay

Published by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), this is a guide to damage and decay of artwork.

Copyright

​Etiquette for using images on social media

Whether you’re an artist, audience member or organisation, NAVA recommends best practice when posting images of artists’ works on social media.

What you need to know about artists' rights

This guide provides information on moral rights and copyright law for organisations working with artists.

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.

Critical Reflection for Boards

Anonymous “Speak Up” Protocol

This document is designed to assist boards in preparing for anonymous reports of gendered harassment or sexual assault.

Governance Quiz

A quiz to test the decision-making happening within your board. Have you got the right people involved?

Cultural Appropriation

Why cultural appropriation isn't cool

Published by Reach Out, this guide explains what cultural appropriation is, when it happens and what makes it a big deal.

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

Curatorial Toolkit

Published by 2010 Legacies Now in Canada, this toolkit covers key considerations for your professional practice as a curator.

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.

Applying for Exhibitions

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

Is It Worth It?

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

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

Creating New Income Toolkit

Create NSW provide a toolkit with guides and resources to help generate revenue for your creative practice.

Sources of Funding Factsheet

A factsheet with links and information to a wide range of funding bodies and opportunities throughout Australia.

Crowdfunding

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

Grants

Visual Support Material

This guide outlines key considerations when compiling your visual support material for funding applications and grant proposals.

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

Overseas Callouts

What to consider when you have been invited to submit to an overseas award/prize/competition/exhibition.

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

Dispute Resolution

A guide to dispute resolution published by the Attorney General's department of the Australian Government.

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

Artist Statement Template

A step-by-step template to writing your artist statement.

How do I promote my exhibition?

This guide provides tips and tricks to promote your upcoming exhibition.

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 announcement.

Artist Statements & Bios

This guide explains the process of writing a succinct and articulate artist statement and bio for exhibitions and funding applications.

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.

Social Media

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

Marketing Plan

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

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

CLEAR EXPECTATIONS

Guidelines for institutions, galleries and curators working with trans, non-binary and gender diverse artists in Australia.

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.

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.

Finding (and Keeping) Stockists

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

Self-Care and Wellbeing

An overview guide to Self Care and Wellbeing

This guide provides some basic information and tips for practising self-care and maintaining good mental health.

Artist who work at the intersection of mental health and wellbeing

Here is an (incomplete) list of artists whose work deals with mental health issues and/or whose practice constitutes an intervention or social engagement in the field. 

Six toolkits for artists working in critical care and outreach

These toolkits have been prepared by artists based in the UK who are working in therapeutic and criminal justice institutions. They will help you think more critically about the relationship between art and rehabilitation, challenge current conventions and improve your practice.

50 Ways to take care of yourself if you are an artist

Feeling burned out? Here are practical tips and advice from community arts workers, artists, practitioners and managers on how to manage self-care in the arts.

12 points about anxiety

Resources to help deal with anxiety from the Big Anxiety Festival website. 

Checklist of 14 self-care ideas for Artists

Self care should be a part of everyday for the artist. Here are 14 self care strategies to improve your work and wellbeing.

An artist talks about Self Love

Tariro Mavondo, performance poet and actress, opens up about her experience growing up in Australia and what self-love means to her.

Self Help Arts Collective

Self Help Arts is a Sydney based collective of artists with lived experience of mental health issues. They make new and accessible immersive performance work.

The Big Feels Club

The Big Feels Club is an online peer support and occasional gathering space started by artist and writer Honor Eastly and Graham Panther in Melbourne. 

Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow is Australia’s first and only National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Trans* and Intersex (LGBQTI) Suicide Prevention National Advocacy Platform and National Touchpoint. They support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people who are homeless, leaving domestic violence relationships or the justice system. They are 100% Indigenous owned and operated.

An interactive flow chart for self care

An interactive Self-Care guide written by a Jace Harr, a trans man. This website features an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals.

Self-care for people of colour experiencing racism

Exposure to racism has been shown to be processed in our brains as trauma and a kind of post traumatic stress syndrome can develop. The following article provides advice on a way to respond to the trauma in order to help discharge the fight-or-flight response and create homeostasis for your brain.

Books on Mental Health written by Black Folk

12 books on Mental Health written by Black Folk recommended by the Extraordinary Negroes site. 

4 Self-Care Resources for People of Colour

Self Care Resources for people experiencing trauma related to racialised violence. 

Mental health and wellbeing in the arts

The Wellbeing Collective provides excellent resources about mental health for artists and arts workers.

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

Accelerated Depreciation for Small Business

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

Tax Assessable Income and Deductions

Find out what are considered tax assessable income and expenses.

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.

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.

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.

Who Pays the GST?

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

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.