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Two new board directors appointed to Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency has made two new appointments to its board, the organisation announced today.

Oliver Watts is one of the new appointments to the Copyright Agency

The announcement;

Copyright Agency appoints two new Board Directors

The Copyright Agency announced the appointment of two new Board Directors at its AGM
yesterday.

Copyright Agency Chairman Kim Williams welcomed leading Aboriginal arts consultant Jason Eades to the Board as an independent director. Mr Eades will replace outgoing independent director, Indigenous artist and author, Bronwyn Bancroft, who has served on the Board for nine years.

Mr Williams says, “Jason has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, strong visual
arts credentials, standing within the Indigenous and creative community and a well-developed
business sense. I am very pleased he will be bringing this significant expertise to the
Copyright Agency.”

Mr Williams also confirmed the appointment of Dr Oliver Watts. Dr Watts joins the Board as the interim Artist Director as a result of the merger between the Copyright Agency and Viscopy, which was finalised yesterday after overwhelming support from the organisation’s two memberships.

Dr Watts was a Director on the Viscopy Board and curated the organisation’s John Fries Award in both 2015 and 2016. “Oliver is a multi-faceted artist, communicator and advocate for the visual arts. He will certainly bring a unique and lively perspective to our Board deliberations. These appointments mark a new phase for our Board which promises to serve the interests of our wider membership creatively and with passion,” Mr Williams says.

He thanked Ms Bancroft and paid tribute to her, saying: “Bronwyn is a highly accomplished artist, with a deep knowledge of the visual arts sector and the difficulties for all artists, and particularly for Indigenous artists, in sustaining their practice. Bronwyn has made a huge contribution to all aspects of the operation of the Copyright Agency. She brought knowledge, passion and reasoned arguments to supporting really important projects. Projects, which I am confident in saying, have made a difference.”

Two other Board members, who were due to complete their terms, David Barnett (APA-appointed director) and Helen O’Neill (ASA-appointed director), were reappointed for a three-
ear term, ending at the 2020 AGM.

From the organisation’s media release

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