The government supports visual artists through a range of initiatives and schemes including Artbank, the Resale Royalty Scheme, the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.
The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia.
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.
Artbank is a one of a kind, Australian Government support program that acquires the work of living, Australian contemporary artists – making the collection available to the general public through a leasing program.
With a collection of around 10,000 artworks, and with one hundred percent of the leasing fees going back into supporting artists, Artbank has been collecting and promoting the value of Australian art for over 30 years.
If you have artwork on consignment to galleries or dealers you can register that work with The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).
It gives you a ‘security interest’ in your work if the gallery or dealer becomes insolvent. This gives you highest priority in the case of gallery bankruptcy and your work can be returned to you. PPSR has fact sheets to help artists.