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UMI Arts' 2022 Big Talk symposium focuses on arts law, copyright and IP

[by Pip Miller]


Cairns solicitor Joel Murgha will share knowledge about intellectual property in a arts and cultural context at next month’s BTOF Symposium. Image: supplied

Empowering Queensland’s First Nations’ artists through the delivery of engaging events and education is a commitment UMI Arts will fulfil at its second annual Big Talk One Fire Symposium to be held in Cairns on Thursday 9 June at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre.


Based on the success of its inaugural symposium in 2021, the event program delves deep into the important issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their future success with an inspirational line up of cultural experts secured to speak.


The full day program, to be held at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre in Abbott Street Cairns is free for artists and industry professionals to attend and comprises a Welcome to Country followed by a scheduled program of guest presenters.


UMI Arts Executive Officer Peter Lenoy said two of the state’s First Nations legal young guns are confirmed and will share their knowledge when it comes to successfully navigating the issues surrounding Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights, contractual obligations, and copyright infringement laws within the First Nations cultural sector.


“We are thrilled to announce solicitors Joel Murgha from Terri Janke and Associate will focus his presentation on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights while commercial law expert and solicitor, Stephanie Parkin will address copyright infringement issues, statutory licensing scheme and visual arts licensing, plus the resale royalty scheme.  Added to this we will have arts law expert Suzanne Derry and representatives from both Girringun Arts Centre and Australia’s premier Art Fair, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair,” Mr Lenoy said.


According to Mr Lenoy, Big Talk One Fire art symposium is an important event for the mob to hear local artist speak about their own experiences and resilience in the art sector while addressing the future; particularly new ways of doing business through digital adaptation and online marketing.


Attendees to the UMI Arts Big Talk One Fire symposium include funding partners, regional stakeholders such as Cairns Regional Council as well as Queensland Tourism Industry representatives.


“In what will be a caring and participatory environment, delegates will take home useful and practical information for conducting an arts business that importantly, follows best practise and complies with the current legislation,” he said.


“This will be a meeting of minds, and I anticipate, a very worthwhile gathering of our arts community leaders and experts who will share experiences and key learnings with others in this formative, post COVID environment.”


To register or find out more about Big Talk One Fire Symposium 2022, visit



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