Artists Resale Royalty Scheme meeting

At a meeting on 20th March 2015, members of the visual arts sector had fruitful discussions with Senator George Brandis QC, Minister for the Arts and his Arts Adviser Michael Napthali about the Artists Resale Royalty Scheme.

Image: Left to Right: Vernon Ah Kee - artist; Michael Zavros - artist; Leanne Bennett - widow of artist Gordon Bennett; Barry Keldoulis - director of Melbourne & Sydney art fairs; Senator George Brandis QC, Minister for the Arts; Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director NAVA; and Tim Olsen - director of Olsen Irwin Gallery.

A decision about the future of the Scheme is pending. The artists, directors of galleries, art fairs and the peak visual arts body made the case for continuing the scheme in its current form to allow it to bed down and continue to deliver substantial financial value, recognition and respect for artists and their beneficiaries, particularly Indigenous artists living in regional and remote areas.