Artist Self-Organisation

Artist Run Initiatives

Summary of Good Practice Recommendations

ARIs have a responsibility to:

  • consider individual circumstances of privilege or disadvantage when allocating resources

  • consider individual capacity when allocating responsibilities

  • ensure funding sources and partnerships align with the ARI’s written values

  • acknowledge, consult with, and seek consent from Traditional Custodians in person and online, as appropriate, see First Nations

  • provide a transparent and equitable selection process, see Equitable Application Processes

  • consider, communicate, plan and, where feasible, ensure accessibility (see Access Rights for d/Deaf and Disabled People) and cultural safety (see Racial Equity and Representation) of physical and online spaces

  • establish a clear leadership or management structure with diverse representation

  • consider diversity in work produced

  • ensure artists have given permission and receive credit for the use of their work

  • examine and mitigate the impacts of fundraising sales and auctions on artists 

  • meet legal obligations in workplace health and safety (see Workplace Health and Safety), insurance (see Insurance), commercial property leases and intellectual property (see Intellectual Property

Members have a responsibility to:

  • declare all conflicts of interest, real or perceived

Written policies should: 

  • outline ARI’s goals and values 

  • outline contributions and return of benefits (monetary and non-monetary)

  • outline the decision-making process

  • outline the conflict resolution process

Partnership agreements should:

  • outline expectations, roles and responsibilities of each party

  • acknowledge and address inequities between partners in remuneration, time, capacity and workload