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Arts, Law & You

  • Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair Street Kensington, VIC, 3031 Australia (map)

Presented in partnership with The Creative Exchange

Arts West and Creative Victoria are pleased to present Arts, Law & You. Join us for 2 days of workshops and lectures with Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law of Australia as she unravels some of the legal mysteries artists and arts organisations encounter daily.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th November 2017.
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington VIC
Workshops (limited capacity)
$10.00 Unwaged Artists and Producers.
$30.00 Waged Artists and Organisations

Privacy & Data Laws Lecture (Presented as part of Creative Exchange)
Free, bookings essential.



In this session, we’ll focus on some of the issues involved in contracting creatives to your organisation and your legal responsibilities. We’ll also give you some guidance around governance and how to work with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in your organisation and respecting culture and heritage in the law.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th November, 10am-12pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


Understanding your contract gives you the power to negotiate a better deal or get out of a bad contract. This session takes you through how to make and negotiate a contract and some of the key terms to look out for in those agreements. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms. We’ll guide you to useful templates and explain how to get legal advice on those.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th November, 1pm-3pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights. We’ll also shed some light on the potential pitfalls of putting your copyright and your ideas online – it can go wrong! This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and easy.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November, 10am-12pm
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


Working with other creatives can mean sharing your space, your ideas and your copyright. This workshop will explore creating and owning copyright jointly, incorporating a collaborative group, and some of the opportunities and responsibilities that arise when collaborating with other artists – including in cross cultural projects. This workshop is for you if you’d like to update your knowledge for a more sustainable arts practice and get a clearer understanding of the legal frameworks behind collaborative processes or projects.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November, 1pm-3pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


Want to contact the people who brought tickets to your show? Has anyone ever told you that they can’t give you this information? Where does the line fall between data privacy and using customer information to build your audiences? Let us help you navigate the waters of privacy and data law once and for all!

In this presentation, Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia, and Emily Booth, Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, will highlight the essential elements of privacy and data law, before delving into the rights and responsibilities of both independent artists and organisations.

Find out what you can do and what to avoid in this space. Come armed with questions and you’ll leave with the knowledge you need about how to lawfully use data to mind – and build – your business.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November 3.30pm-5pm
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room (*Note Changed Room)
COST:              Free, Bookings essential

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Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor, Arts Law.
Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at Arts Law, where she has worked for over 7 years. Suzanne has also worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. She provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas. [Pictured Left]

Emily Booth, Senior Associate, Holding Redlich
Emily is a corporate and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in intellectual property and privacy issues. Emily assists a broad range of clients including those in the media and advertising industries. Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Emily worked in-house as a lawyer in the FMCG and telecommunications industries and also in London and has a good understanding of how legal services can add value to a client’s business.