WORKSHOP: Arts, Law & You

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


There are many questions that arise when dealing with privacy and data. What are privacy laws and how do we comply with them? Specifically, does the sharing or use of our member or customer data infringe these laws? What are the rights in obtaining the customer data of your audiences? We will focus on these questions from the perspective of both an independent artist and an organisation.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November 3.30pm-5pm
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, Main Hall
COST:              Free, Bookings essential

 Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor
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.


WORKSHOP: Arts & the NDIS: Working Together

If you want to know more about how Arts and the NDIS can work together to support people living with a disability to pursue their goals and maximise their independence, then you should come along to our next Arts West event.

Presented by Arts West & Arts Access Victoria, topics covered include:
• What is the NDIS and how does it relate to the arts?
• What do arts organisations need to know about the NDIS?
• How to begin the transition to NDIS?
• How, if and when to register as an NDIS provider?
• How to build a competitive business model?
• Pricing your services
• Understanding NDIS goals and the planning process
• Supporting self-advocacy in your participants

WHEN: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 17th October 2017.
WHERE: Jack Kennedy Room, FCAC, 45 Moreland St, Footscray
COST: $10 Independent Artists / $25 Waged Artists & Organisations.
BOOK NOW – Places are limited

Steve Tran performing Body, Move, Space (2016) as part of FCAC’s ArtLife program. Photo by Zoe Scoglio

Arts West/Big West Festival

As a member of Arts West, Big West and other alliance members had an opportunity to meet about the decision to retire the festival and organisation. Organisations involved in Arts West include:  Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 100 Story Building, Substation, Women’s Circus, cohealth arts generator, Western Edge Youth Arts and Snuff Puppets.

Conversations with key stakeholders are taking place however, there is not yet any confirmation or information pertaining to Arts West’s commitment to delivering a festival such as Big West.

Arts West hopes that the current and future investment by key stakeholders in community-led arts initiatives is not lost as a result of Big West’s closure.

Arts West Executive:

Devon Taylor, Women’s Circus

Jade Lillie, FCAC

Jess Tran, 100 Story Building

Please contact Arts West Executive Members for any further statement.

WORKSHOP: Engaging and attracting long-term audiences

A practical workshop with audience engagement expert, Donna Walker-Kuhne, on developing new strategies to engage, grow and retain audiences.


Join Arts West organisations and Donna Walker-Kuhne in an intensive three-hour workshop which expands on the Creative Victoria Expert Arts presentation. Walker-Kuhne will focus on specific audience engagement strategies to engage local and diverse audiences and communities. Encouraged to share their own audience engagement situations and challenges, workshop participants will create an outline and present it to the group with feedback and input from Walker-Kuhne.

As Director of Marketing and Audience Development at the Public Theater, Donna Walker-Kuhne originated a range of audience development activities for children, students and adults throughout New York City. Currently as the Vice President of Community Engagement at NJPAC, Walker-Kuhne is building new diverse audiences and creating partnerships that will foster economic growth of New Jersey. An Adjunct Professor in marketing the arts at Fordham University, Brooklyn College and New York University, Walker-Kuhne was formerly Marketing Director for Dance Theatre of Harlem and has given numerous workshops and presentations for arts groups in America, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.

Donna Walker-Kuhne is author of Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community and her current visit to Australia is supported by Creative Victoria, Arts West and Kape Communications.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Time 10am – 1pm
Venue FCAC Jack Kennedy Room
Address 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Cost $100.00 (limited spots available)
Click here to register

Prior to this intensive workshop, Creative Victoria will host an Expert Arts presentation at FCAC featuring Donna Walker-Kuhne on Thursday, 20 August 2015. More information and bookings to Expert Arts here.

Presented by Arts West in partnership with Creative Victoria and Kape Communications.

Arts West Statement on the National Program for Excellence in Arts

Arts West opposes the proposed funding reduction to the Australia Council of the Arts and the redistribution of funds to the Office of the Minister of the Arts.

As a network of eight small to medium arts organisations operating in Melbourne’s western suburbs, one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, Arts West opposes the proposed funding reduction to the Australia Council of the Arts and the redistribution of funds to the Office of the Minister of the Arts.

In the Federal government’s budget announcements made on Tuesday, 15 May 2015, the Minister for the Arts, George Brandis, announced a shift of $104.7 million from the Australia Council to a new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, managed by the staff of the Ministry for the Arts.

In light of this announcement and proposal, Arts West has significant concerns about the following:

1.   Australia’s long-held and bipartisan philosophy of arms-length cultural funding is under serious threat.

The Australia Council for the Arts has well-established processes to ensure arts organisations and artists are not censored for producing work that does not align with the policies of the government of the time.

The recent proposed changes to arts funding will see a significant portion of funding moved to a Ministry for the Arts that has not articulated transparent processes and systems to prevent government agendas influencing funding decisions.

As reported by Michaela Boland in The Australian on 28 May 2015, under the proposed funding changes the Ministry for the Arts will have 37% of federal arts funding to distribute at the Minister’s discretion, giving the Minister ‘a say in more than $1 of every $3 distributed to artists and smaller arts companies’.

This new position directly contradicts previous statements made by Senator Brandis during the 2013 election campaign:

‘The arts should never be the captive of the political agenda of the day: the freedom of the artist to develop his or her creativity wherever it may take them must always be protected and defended.’ 

2.   If implemented, the proposed new arrangements to arts funding will jeopardise the vibrancy and innovation of our arts sector and many communities will have reduced access to the arts.

Small to medium arts organisations provide clear pathways for artists to connect with major organisations. They provide professional development for artists through employment, training and resource support and frameworks for sustainable arts practice – all of which contribute to an arts culture of excellence and a strong cultural economy.

The Australia Council’s new appropriation for 2015 -16 is now $184.5M. Of these funds, two thirds must be spent on Government directed programs. The Australia Council’s remaining funds, to be distributed to the rest of the arts sector, will equal $62M – a reduction of $23M.

The brunt of this reduction will strongly affect the small to medium arts organisations and independent artists.

For the Arts West network, these proposed funding changes directly impact on the viability of over 4,500 arts, cultural and engagement activities. These activities are delivered locally, regionally, nationally and internationally – including festivals, workshops, performances, programmes, cultural and artistic exchanges and leadership opportunities – activities that provide arts and cultural services to over 200,000 people annually, in a region with an anticipated population growth of 32% by 2023.

The proposed funding changes will have long-lasting and drastic effects to the cultural, artistic and economic ecologies of our community and networks. Arts West urges a reversal of this decision.

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