The Art of Organisation: Record-Keeping for Artists and Galleries

The Art of Organisation: Record-Keeping for Artists and Galleries

Guest Work Agency is your go-to source on art business – we want to provide you with useful insights, resources and tips on the day to day running of an art-oriented business. In this story, Guest Work Agency Projects Associate, Maria Teresa Tavares, looks at the trials and tribulations of artist and gallery inventory systems.

Art Case Update

Art Case Update

Guest Work Agency is your go-to source on art-related court cases presently taking place within Australia, as well as select cases internationally. In this story our Paralegal Associate, Reetika Khanna profiles a number of interesting misleading and deceptive conduct, breach of contract and copyright cases taking place in Australia and internationally.

Getting it Right: Commissioning and Contracts

Image Credit: Sharyn Cairns.  Artwork Credit: Emily Floyd,  Jackalope , 2017, in collaboration with UAP Studio and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Image Credit: Sharyn Cairns.
Artwork Credit: Emily Floyd, Jackalope, 2017, in collaboration with UAP Studio and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Public art commissioning and contracting looks different from the perspectives of the artist, the lawyer and the commissioning body. Mardi Nowak, Head of Visual Arts at RACV, artist and lecturer, Emily Floyd and lawyer Alana Kushnir, Director and Founder of Guest Work Agency will speak about the commissioning process — from inception to completion of an art work. Detailing each stage — including the brief, budgets, submitting an EOI, design development, stakeholder engagement and much more — this session will provide clear guidance on what to do and what not to do, and the advantages of getting the process right. Convened by Anne Robertson, Executive Officer, Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV).

Getting it Right: Commissioning and Contracts is presented by the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and Monash Art Projects (MAP) as part of Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public.

Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public will reflect on the growing interest in making and presenting art outside of the conventional gallery context and explore the opportunities and complexities of realising art in the public realm.

This two-day symposium, comprising keynote presentations, panel discussions, case studies and breakaway sessions, will traverse models and motivations for commissioning art outside the gallery; consider how art impacts the physical and social character of a place; incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, connection to site and diverse histories; review the critical context and reception of art in the public realm; and speculate on the development of new and more inclusive commemorative public artworks.

Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public will span ephemeral, temporal and virtual projects, social and participatory practices, and variously scaled urban and regional projects. Participants include artists, designers, art consultants, policymakers, commissioners and curators.

Program includes over 40 speakers from across Australia and beyond, including 2 keynotes, 4 panels and 5 breakout sessions.

To participate in Getting it Right: Commissioning and Contracts you will need to register for DAY 1 of Let’s Go Outside: Making Art Public. Book here.

The Taxation of Art and Collectables

Image Credit: Justin Ridler

Image Credit: Justin Ridler

Ever increasing stock market volatility is pushing high wealth investors to consider alternative asset classes. Together with Evan Lowenstein, Director of Lowensteins, Alana Kushnir, Director of Guest Work Agency will be presenting on the taxation of art and collectables for the Tax Institute of Australia Breakfast Series, in Melbourne and Geelong.

This session explore art and other collectables from an investment perspective and will include:

  • An overview of the art market

  • The characterisation of art and collectables for tax purposes

  • Art and collectables acquisition tax structuring issues (including SMSFs, trusts, individuals, businesses, instant asset write-off)

  • Tax issues upon disposal (CGT / revenue / trading stock / special rules for collectables / GST)

  • Practical tips to consider when gifting art to an organisation registered on the Register of Cultural Organisations

Event details can be found here.



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