Industry Talks*

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Artist Engagement and Indigenous Intellectual Property

Placemakers* Gold Coast invites you to join us for an industry talk by Quandamooka intellectual property lawyer Stephanie Parkin.

Stephanie brings nearly a decade of combined legal, research and engagement experience advising both artists and organisations in relation to Indigenous cultural and intellectual property (ICIP). Stephanie completed a Masters’ thesis at QUT in 2020 which investigated the significant problem of fake Aboriginal art and craft in the souvenir market from a legal perspective, in addition to the cultural impacts of fake art as identified by Indigenous artists themselves.

Over the course of an afternoon, Stephanie will share information and advice on collaborating with, and commissioning First Nations artists in a culturally respectful way.

This talk is open to anyone who currently collaborates with First Nations artists or who is interested in future collaborations.

Facilitator: Stephanie Parkin
Date: Thursday 5 May 2022
Times: 1:45pm – Door open & welcome cuppa
2pm – Workshop
3pm – Break*
3:30pm – Group Discussion with Q&A
5pm – Event Concludes
Location: Kirra Hill Community Centre, 1 Garrick Street



The part of the venue being utilised for the event is on the first storey of the building, which can be accessed via a lift or stairs. There is some accessible parking at the front of the venue. Wheelchair users can enter via the Garrick St carpark. There is an accessible toilet available for use at the venue.

If you do have specific seating or access requirements (including wheelchair access, interpreting needs or other) please contact the friendly team at Placemakers* Gold Coast |07 5525 6468 (Monday to Friday during office hours) | [email protected]


Stephanie Parkin belongs to the Quandamooka of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). After practicing as an intellectual property lawyer at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Stephanie went on to complete a Masters' of Philosophy at the Queensland University of Technology in 2020. The Masters' thesis addresses the drivers and impacts of fake Aboriginal art in the souvenir market, and in doing so, gives priority to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In the various roles Stephanie undertakes, her work focuses on promoting and addressing Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights and ethical and transparent trading between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and those who wish to sell or licence their work. Stephanie is the current Chairperson of the Indigenous Art Code Ltd, board member of the North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah and is employed by the Copyright Agency as the Indigenous Engagement Manager.