Robyn Ayres, Chief Executive Officer
Robyn has been a lawyer for over 20 years and the CEO of Arts Law since 2002. She is committed to ensuring that artists and arts organisations properly understand their rights as well as their legal responsibilities and are fairly rewarded for the work they do. Prior to joining Arts Law, Robyn spent a significant part of her legal career working to achieve social justice for different groups in the community, including as a lawyer with Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1988-1991), a Public Interest lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service WA (1993-1998); and as Executive Director of the Mental Health Law Centre WA from 1998 to 2002. Robyn has Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of NSW.
In 2004, under the direction of Robyn Ayres, Arts Law established the Artists in the Black service, a legal advice service specifically for Indigenous artists.
Bibi Barba, Artists in the Black Coordinator
Bibi Barba was born in Roma, a town in the Maranoa district of South West Queensland, and raised in Liverpool, Sydney. The daughter of Aboriginal Featherweight boxing champion Buddy Claire, Bibi’s practice is inspired by her Grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land. Bibi’s paintings are instantly recognisable, merging a strong sense of design and colour with vivid stories of her culture. Having invented an original method for painting on silk canvas, her works have a vitality and rich lustre that compliments her use of repetitive patterns and motifs. Bibi’s work is held in a number of private collections in Australia and internationally, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. She works closely with children and people with disabilities, conducting numerous mural design and art workshops. In 2015 she had the pleasure of conducting a private art workshop for the children of celebrities Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Mary Egan, General Manager
Mary Egan was appointed to the role of Administration and Finance Manager in 2012. Mary has been a member of the Arts Law team since 2003 in the role of Finance Manager. Prior to taking on the full time role Mary worked as an MYOB Certified Consultant and Accredited trainer, providing MYOB and bookkeeping services and training to businesses as well as classroom training for MYOBs one day courses.
Suzanne Derry, Director of National Partnerships and Programs / Senior Solicitor
Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, where she has worked for over 7 years. Suzanne has worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. Suzanne provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas.
Trudie Sarks, Senior Solicitor
Trudie Sarks is a Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre with a BA/LLB from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law from University College London. Prior to working at the Arts Law Centre Trudie was a Senior Associate Solicitor in private practice. She has experience in advising clients in respect of a range of intellectual property issues including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, domain names as well as passing off and Australian Consumer Law issues. Trudie has also worked at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich and undertaken internships at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Trudie is passionate about the arts and assisting artists in protecting their intellectual property.
Clara Edwards, Solicitor
Clara is passionate about the arts and assisting the sector, particularly through the Arts Law Centre’s Artists in the Black initiative. She has worked in both private practice and government, most recently at the Australia Council for the Arts. She has honours degrees in Law and Human Geography from Macquarie University and is studying for her Master of Administrative Law and Policy at the University of Sydney. In 2016 she was awarded the Sue Nattrass Scholarship for Arts and Cultural Management for completion of her Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin University.
In addition to her professional and academic life, Clara is a playwright and dancer. She wrote, directed and produced a play for Sydney Fringe 2015 with Hilary Bell as dramaturg, and teaches dance classes at Dance Central in Sydney.
Clara’s position is supported by the generous assistance of the Colin Biggers Paisley Foundation.
Roxanne Lorenz, Solicitor
Roxanne is on secondment from the Australian Government Solicitor’s office.
Roxanne Lorenz joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and has over nine years’ experience working in the arts and entertainment sector. Previous to Arts Law, she has worked for organisations including Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival and the Australia Council for the Arts; the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Roxanne has an interest in arts policy, copyright and intellectual property law matters.
Hannah Muller, Paralegal
Hannah holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Hannah has a background in community legal centres, previously holding paralegal roles at Legal Aid ACT and Kimberley Community Legal Services. With particular interests in justice accessibility and community legal education, Hannah was part of a small team of students who helped co-ordinate the creation of a paralegal hotdesk at the ANU, which provides support to solicitors working remotely in the Kimberley. Combining these passions with her love of literature, film, and theatre, Hannah hopes to help Arts Law continue to ensure artists have access to a high standard of services and advice.
Patrick McCarthy, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Patrick joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia in February 2018. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Communication) from the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to joining Arts Law, Patrick worked in the print and design industry and completed an internship with the Sydney Opera House. Patrick hopes to apply his extensive professional and voluntary experience across communications, design, and administration to help connect artists with the advice and resources offered by Arts Law.
Michael Bridges, Administration Officer
Michael joined the Arts Law team in May 2016. He has previously worked in numerous arts administration roles including most recently at APRA AMCOS where he was the Licensing Representative for independent and unsigned artists.
When not at Arts Law, Michael plays the violin and has a particular interest in folk, country and contemporary amplified styles.
Rose Ayres, Administration Officer
Rose Ayres joined Arts Law as an Administration-Assistant in 2010. In 2012, she moved to Tokyo for a year to study Asian politics and international relations. After returning to Australia and completing her degree in International Studies, Rose became Arts Law’s Administration Officer.
Lee Elsdon, Artists in the Black Paralegal
Lee holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from Southern Cross University, and is in the final stages of a Bachelor of Laws. He has a background in music and media, having worked as a music teacher at TAFENSW and a sound engineer in broadcast television for many years. He has a particular interest in human rights as well as entertainment and media law.