The Australian Greens support the rights of artists to benefit from their creative work throughout their lifetime. Resale royalties enable artists to receive a percentage of the sale price whenever their artistic works are resold, up to 70 years after their death.
We have long worked in Parliament for our vibrant arts culture to grow. In 2009, when the resale scheme was moving through the Parliament, we moved amendments to fix its obvious flaws. They were voted down by Labor and the Coalition, but those problems still persist. We wanted then and still want now resale royalties to be payable on any resale of existing artwork and for this to apply no matter where in the world the sale occurred. We also wanted a clause that would properly recognise communal ownership where Aboriginal or Torres Strait artists want this ownership to be recognised.
We value the vital role artists play in our society, telling our many and varied stories, helping us to understand our world and challenging us to see it from a different perspective, or simply bringing us together as a community and entertaining us – in good times and bad. To make sure the visual arts have a vibrant future in Australia, we need to encourage innovation, support artists and make sure as many Australians as possible get to share the experience.
Visual artists fear George Brandis will scrap resale royalties scheme
The scheme was set up mainly to help remote Indigenous artists, many of whom see their work rise in value after they have sold it.
- Friday 11 April 2014 16.32 AEST
Aboriginal artist Ken Shepherd poses with his painting titled ‘Walpirtna’ at an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/REUTERS
Visual artists fear that the federal government is preparing to scrap a royalties scheme that sees them paid a small commission whenever their work is resold.
Adam Hill, Adam Norton , Alan Jones, Alec Baker, Anne Zahalka, Anthony Bennett, Anthony Lister, Arone Meeks , Atipalku Intjalki , Betty Muffler, Bronwyn Bancroft, Bruce Parker, Bugai Whyoulter, Chris Horder, Craig Waddell , Dadda Samson, Dan Hollier, Danny Eastwood , David Frank, Derek Thompson , Dianne Robinson, Douglas Abbott, Gloria Pannka, Gria Shead, Helen Samson Dale, Hilary Wirri, Ivy Pareroultja, Jakayu Biljabu, Jake Soewardie , James Drinkwater, James Guppy, Jamie Eastwood , Jason Benjamin, Jason Wing, Jasper Knight, Jatarr Lily Long, Jennifer Whiskey, Jenny Fraser, John Aslanidis, John Wolseley, Juan Ford, Judith Samson Anya, Julian Meagher, Kath Fries, Kerry Anne Robinson, Kevin Wirri , Laura Jones, Lenie Namatjira, Luke Cornish, Luke Sciberras, Mabel Wakarta, Maisie King, Mandy Martin, Marie Abbott, Mark Rodda , Martine Emdur, Matthew Johnson, Melinda Harper, Mervyn Rubuntja, Michael Johnson, Ngunytjima Carroll , Nicholas Harding, Nora Nungabar, Nora Wompi, Nyarrie Morgan, Peter Alwast , Peter Mungkuri, Peter Taylor, Petrina Hicks, Phil James, Reg Mombassa, Remnim Alexander Tayco, Renita Stanley , Robert Boynes, Rosalind Tjanyari, Selma Coulthard , Tiger Yaltangki, Ungakini Tjangala , Whiskey Tjukangku and artists from the Tangentyere Artists, Tjala Arts and Maningrida Arts & Culture.