While the Sculptors Society can provide many services, the need to get professional legal advice is best left to such
organisations as the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Find below a brief introduction to the services they offer.
Their contact details are:
Arts Law Centre of Australia
The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Tel: (02) 9356 2566
Fax: (02) 9358 6475
Toll Free: 1800 221 457
The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which was established with the support of the Australia Council in 1983 to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations.
How can we help
Arts Law gives preliminary advice and information to artists and arts organisations across all artforms on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business names and structures, defamation, insurance and employment.
Limits to our service
There may be occasions when the Arts Law Centre is unable to provide assistance. For example, if one party in a dispute or transaction has already contacted us for advice; or if it is considered more appropriate for a matter to be referred elsewhere. Also, Arts Law can only advise on arts related matters.
Telephone legal advice service
To lodge your request for legal advice please contact us by telephone during business hours. Callers outside the Sydney metropolitan area can contact us on our tollfree number by dialling 1800 221 457. Please note that we do not accept requests for legal advice by email.
If the matter is beyond the limits of our service, or requires a solicitor to act on your behalf, the Arts Law Centre can assist by recommending a suitably qualified solicitor from our national referral panel.
Document Review Service
Where appropriate, arrangements can be made for Arts Law subscribers to have a face-to-face or telephone Document Review consultation with a volunteer lawyer from private practice.
Face-to-face document reviews are organised with volunteer lawyers on a regular basis in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Where possible a telephone document review may be arranged for subscribers outside these centres.
Alternate dispute resolution
Mediation is increasingly acknowledged as an important alternative dispute resolution mechanism. The Arts Law Centre of Australia's mediation service is specifically designed to provide affordable and accessible mediation for artists and arts organisations. For further information please contact us.
Arts Law publishes a range of materials to assist arts practitioners including free information sheets, guides, checklists, sample contracts with explanatory notes, seminar papers and booklets, plus our quarterly newsletter Art+Law.
National lecture and seminar program
On request, the Arts Law's legal officers prepare and present lectures, workshops and seminars on topical issues concerning law and the arts; specially tailored to meet the needs of our audience. Our legal officers are also available to assist in curricula development and review for tertiary and vocational training purposes.