The material on this website is provided for general information only, and on the understanding that Artbank and the Australian Government are not providing professional advice on a particular matter.

The material may include the views or recommendations of third parties, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government, or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.

This website contains information that is intended to enhance the accessibility of the Artbank collection. In addition, errors or omissions can occur in the preparation of web pages. Therefore, before relying on the material, users should independently verify its accuracy, completeness, relevance for their purposes and that it is up-to-date.Before any action or decision is taken on the basis of any material on this website the user should obtain appropriate independent professional advice.

Links to other websites are provided for the user’s convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

Users of this website are also directed to our Privacy Statement directly below.


The text, images and all data (‘the content’) of the Artbank website are copyright. All content published on this website is copyright and appears with the permission of the artists and copyright holders. Artworks from the Artbank Collection appearing on this website have been reproduced under the Statutory Government License outlined in section 183 of the Copyright Act, 1968.

Authorised Uses

The content of this website may be used:

  • for private research and study;
  • for selection of artworks through Artbank’s leasing program; and/or
  • for research and study as defined by section 40 of the Copyright Act 1968.

All other uses of the content of this site require Artbank’s permission and permission of the copyright owner (where applicable). Applications for authorised use must be made to:

PO Box 409
Surry Hills NSW 2010

+61 2 9697 6000

Any authorised use must ascribe to the following conventions:

  • Artwork must clearly identify the artist, title and date of the work within the reproduction;
  • Text must cite the author, title and source of the content used as from any printed work; and
  • The attribution must include the general source ‘Artbank website:’.

Prohibited Uses

You may not use the content for any purpose other than as specified above without the express written consent of Artbank.

The content of this website (or any part of it) may not be:

  • modified, republished, distributed, reproduced or communicated in any form;
  • used for any public performance or display including a transmission over a network; and
  • reproduced in any form including without limitation, the extraction and/or storage in any retrieval system or inclusion in any other computer program or work (except as is incidental to viewing the Artbank website).

Contravention is an infringement of the Australian Copyright Act 1968.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander warning

Artbank respectfully advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this site may include images of artistic, cultural or intellectual property that may be of a sensitive nature. All efforts have been made to ensure that restricted works are not included.

Privacy Policy

The privacy policy can be found on the Department of Communications and the Arts website.


Our security responsibilities

We will ensure that:

  • the data you give us will be safe;
  • we will use encryption to protect the personal information you give us;
  • your data will be stored at a secure facility;
  • regular backups of data are performed to ensure it can be recovered in case of a disaster; and
  • all access to the system is logged.If any unauthorised behaviour should occur, this will assist us in identifying and resolving the issue.

Artbank and the The Department of Communications and the Arts’ ICT security practices and procedures are guided by whole-of-government standards and guidelines including the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) and the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

Increasing your safety online

Protecting your computer

You should:

  • install and activate security software on your computer;
  • ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter;
  • run regular scans of your computer for viruses; and
  • remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps you should take help protect your computer include:

  • check your Internet browser’s security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure;
  • do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender;
  • only download files from reputable Internet sites;
  • be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends; and
  • never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources.

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Accessibility features

This website has been designed and constructed to ensure that:

  • it works well across the majority of popular web browsers;
  • download times have been minimised as much as possible;
  • all Australians, including those with a disability or with technical limitations can access the information on our site; and
  • it is in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Document formats

Documents that can be downloaded from this website are available in both Portable Document Format (PDF) and in other formats. To access PDF documents, you need PDF reader software. AGIMO has published a list of PDF reader software programs that are available for free download. People who use speech readers may also need to access the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center to be able to read the content of PDF documents.

If you are having difficulty accessing any of the information on this website please contact us and we will arrange for the information to be made available to you in a more suitable format.

Navigating with a keyboard

If you are not using a mouse to navigate our website, you can navigate on the keyboard by using the TAB and ENTER keys:

To select a link, use the TAB key + ENTER.

To go back, press the SHIFT key + TAB. To browse forward, press the TAB key.

Help and comments

We are working towards accessible online documents. If you are having difficulty accessing any of the information on this website or would like to send us your comments please contact us.

Acquisition Criteria

Acquisitions for the Artbank Collection

The Artbank collection is dynamic, representing and promoting contemporary art from Australia, rather than a ‘museum’ collection. Balancing broad representation, excellence, new and emerging art practice and rentability are key factors when considering artworks for acquisition. The selection criteria that all artworks must meet to qualify for purchase are:

1.1 Be produced by a living Australian artist:

a) To be classified as Australian artist, the artist must be either:

i. born in Australia;
ii. an Australian citizen;
iii. in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or
iv. a permanent resident of Australia.

b) The artist may be living in Australia or overseas as long as at least one of the above stated criteria are demonstrable.
c) Where the artwork is produced by an artist collective or collaboration, no less than fifty percent of the contributors must meet the criteria 1.1.a).

1.2 represent outstanding artistic achievement within the artist’s practice.

1.3 represent a high standard of artistic achievement within contemporary Australian art practice

1.4 be purchased on the primary market.

1.5 be appropriate for potential rental through the art leasing scheme, including:

a) being appropriate for display in public spaces.
b) being in intrinsically sound condition and reasonably resistant to deterioration in the routine operations of Artbank including display, packing and transportation.

1.6 For work produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, consideration must be given to ensuring appropriate professional and ethical practices in the industry are supported, taking into account relevant government policies and best practice principles for the purchase of Indigenous art.

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Preservation Policy

The Artbank Preservation Policy outlines the approach to maintenance, storage and conservation of works of art in the collection. To achieve this Artbank refers to and applies the principles articulated in the International Council of Museums code of ethics for museums.

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