• Adam 'Blak Douglas' Hill with his artwork, 'Trouble or Nothing.'
Members of Australia's art community have gathered at Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative to show their support for a royalty scheme aimed at helping artists collect ongoing profits from the resale of their works.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
10 Apr 2014 - 2:49 PM  UPDATED 14 Apr 2014 - 12:25 PM

One hundred artists are showing their support for the Resale Royalty scheme, first introduced three years ago, by participating in the Rightnow Exhibition at Sydney’s Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative.

A final report on last year's review of the Resale Royalty scheme is yet to be released, prompting fears the popular scheme could be dropped.

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Ms Winicoff says over half of the artists already benefiting from the scheme are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander descent.

"The total number who have benefited is over 800, about 850, and about 65 per cent of those are Indigenous artists so that's probably about 500 Indigenous artists who have already received a payment under the resale royalty scheme," she says.

One criticism of the scheme is that it will not cater for remote artists selling works for less than $1,000.

"The entitlement begins from artworks sold at the value of one thousand dollars and over, of course we know that a lot of community based artists might not sell artworks for over one thousand dollars," says Ms Winikoff.

Artist Adam Hill says this commodification of art is detracting from its cultural value.

"My problem with that is placing too much of a commodity on art rather than an appreciation of art for its aesthetic value," he says.

"We need to ensure that there is some kind of, shall we say, sub-scheme set up within this one that creates a kitty to support the grassroots artists and hopefully get those guys off the ground and move them into what is categorically what this scheme is about."

The Rightnow Exhibition in support of its continuation will remain open until April 27.

 

Correction Disclaimer: NITV News wrongly attributed quotes, in this article and the video link, to Ms. Robyn Ayres Executive Director of Arts Law Centre of Australia. We apologise for this unintential and misleading error and for any distressed caused. The quotes are from Ms Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director National Association for the Visual Arts and the above copy has been ammended to reflect this.