Mandy Martin – Australia

Mandy Martin, born 1952 in Adelaide, is an artist who has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Her works are in many public and private collections in Australia and the United States of America including the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Nevada Museum of Art. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU and has a background of working collaboratively, especially with Indigenous people, on art and science projects.

Permissions, copyright, resale royalty and artists’ moral rights have been an ongoing concern for Mandy, not only through her work with Indigenous people, but for her as a politically engaged artist.

“Even small amounts of funding generated from the acknowledgement of artist’s rights through copyright and resale royalties are important and help support artists who usually have very low incomes and, for many Indigenous artists, live in parlous health and housing conditions in remote communities.
My first resale royalty was a healthy sum of money and it seemed morally appropriate to me, that as it was a work which had graced a large company’s boardroom for quite a long time and was passing to another collection, I should know of that transfer of ownership and also receive recompense. I am pleased to know my children will similarly receive those royalties from resale of my work, after I die.”