Starter’s guide to fashion contracts

ArtsHub summarises the key takeaways of the latest webinar by Arts Law Centre and Indigenous Fashion Projects on establishing best practices for artists and designers.

In recent years the Australian fashion sector has seen a surge of Indigenous artists and designers taking centre stage, headlining events such as CIAF’s fashion showcase and Powerhouse Ultimo’s creative residency featuring First Nations Fashion and Design.

However, the designer, artist and art centre relationship can be nuanced and difficult to navigate.

Recently Senior Solicitor Donna Robinson and Principal Solicitor Susannah Derry from the Arts Law Centre delivered a detailed guide on negotiating the contractual obligations that promotes best practices when working with Indigenous artists and designers. The project is delivered in partnership with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Project.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_