Principles, Ethics and Rights

Freedom of Expression

Summary of Good Practice Recommendations

Organisations have a responsibility to:

  • develop a risk management strategy

  • display warning signs

  • develop a process to defend and support artists and their work

  • develop policy documents or frameworks that are public and accountable

  • maintain open and ongoing communication with artists whose work may be the subject of complaint

  • provide training and support for frontline staff who receive complaints from visitors in regard to controversial or provocative work

  • explain contentious works, commission resources and didactics to educate different audiences about the work

  • have a process to assess and, if necessary, reject artist’s work that does not align with the organisation’s values

  • approach curatorial authorship with care and respect - provocative exhibition placement and contextualisation can cause harm

  • support staff in attending regular and relevant cultural training to prevent the production and reproduction of cultural appropriation

Artists have a responsibility to:

  • prepare statements to explain contentious works

  • be accountable and participate in dialogue and public discourse

  • consult, collaborate and ask questions

  • educate themselves on the safe use of content, materials and equipment and vigilantly promote such practices to their assistants, students, and audiences

  • develop relationships based on trust, respect, mutual understanding and responsibility

  • seek legal advice as required

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