Wangaba Roebourne Art Group Governance
Trading as Roebourne Art Group Aboriginal Corporation
Protocols for Working with Aboriginal Artists
Wangaba Roebourne Art Group is committed to ensuring that our Indigenous heritage, culture, and connections to family and country are maintained. We believe our artists carry a responsibility for safeguarding our cultural knowledge.
WRAG has adopted a 'best practice' approach by encouraging respect for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We recognise our artists as being the primary guardians and interpreters of their cultures and identity.
Wangaba Roebourne Art Group encourages interaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and people, and in doing so we apply the principles and protocols for Visual Arts from the Australian Council for the Arts.
1. I've bought a painting, what can I do with it? Purchase of a painting entitles you unencumbered ownership of the work. You may hang it within your home or business premises, or give it as a gift to someone else. You may also resell it (though please see below for details concerning resale royalties). You can take photographs of it for private use. However, you may may not reproduce the work in any medium whatsoever, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Copyright of the work remains the property of the artist, unless you have specifically negotiated to purchase it as part of the sale, or as a separate transaction. You should also take all reasonable steps to prevent others from reproducing the work without first having obtained express permission from the artist.
2. I own a painting, can I sell it? Yes you can, however the Australian Government's Royalty Resale scheme requires the seller, or the sellers agent to report all commercial resales for $1,000 or more, whether or not a royalty is payable. For more information about the scheme please see Copyright Agency Royalty Resale Scheme.
3. I'd like to reproduce a painting (or part of one) what do I do? You do not need to purchase the painting in order to reproduce all or part of it. You do however need a copyright licence agreement. This also includes photographs and any adaption of the work. Wangaba Roebourne Art Group will negotiate this on behalf of the artist. Simply contact us for more information.
4. We are a not-for-profit does this mean we can reproduce art? No. You still need to negotiate a copyright licence agreement, and it is up to the artist whether or not they wish to charge a fee to any not-for-profit organisation.
5. Can we take photos in the gallery? Not without express permission from any of the Wangaba staff. Please ask before taking any photos of art work and/or artists.