Copyright & Environmental Policies, Memberships & Fee Schedules


Your use of the website http://www.wordsforart.com.au (hereafter referred to as the ‘Site’) is subject to the following terms and conditions. By accessing or browsing from this Site you accept these terms and conditions.


©opyright for all material presented on this site is held by Damian Smith unless otherwise indicated. Text may be freely quoted for bona-fide research or educational purposes but may not be used for any commercial purposes without the express permission of the author.

©opyright clearance requests and requests for high resolution images and text should be addressed to: info@wordsforart.com.au

All content on this site is subject to copyright and other intellectual and cultural property rights owned by, or licensed to, Damian Smith, or other external publishers of content to the Site.

Content on this Site may include content in the form of software, pdf documents, text, graphics, flash artwork, still images, audio and video.

In using the Site’s content you:

  • may (appropriate/reproduce/use) the content only for cultural or educational purposes. If you do, you must retain copyright and other intellectual and cultural property notices from the original material;

  • must not use or distribute content from this Site for any public or commercial purpose; and

  • must not breach copyright or any other intellectual or cultural property rights of Damian Smith or Words For Art, or its licensors, including by amending or adapting any content on this site.

Nothing you do on or in relation to this Site will transfer any copyright or other intellectual or cultural property rights to you, nor licence you to exercise any copyright, intellectual or cultural property rights, unless express permission is given by Damian Smith.


Words For Art develops critical and curatorial texts and projects pertinent to the arena of contemporary art and culture. While we welcome applications and enquiries, our primary focus is on advancing artistic discourse and knowledge. Prior to accepting commissions, applications are assessed on a case by case basis.

In using this Site you:

  • Acknowledge that Words For Art is the controlling editor of the text content on this site. Those publishing or editing text content on this site may only do so with the express permission of Words For Art.

  • acknowledge that Words For Art may remove or archive content as required.

  • acknowledge that Words For Art reserves the right to change procedures under this Policy at any time, at Words For Art sole discretion, with or without notice.


Words For Art is an active contributor to the visual arts sector. Throughout our projects, whether with art museums, commercial galleries, private clients or publishing and print entities we recognise the importance of maintaining sustainable business practices and the necessity of minimising the carbon footprint of our work. To this end Words For Art implements and endorses best practice standards established by peak bodies and environmental leaders across our partner industries.

In our consultancies with commercial galleries we endorse and advise on practices laid down in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s on-line publication, the GREENGALLERY GUIDE.

Words For Art recognises the policies and procedures outlined in the Australian Museum’s Environmental Sustainability Policy (2009), as the best-practice model for Museum and Heritage settings worldwide.

Words For Art maintains an active interest in the work of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), in particular the Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), which works “to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters”.


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Damian Smith is a registered member of the International Association of Art Critics. AICA is a NGO, founded in 1950 under the patronage of UNESCO, whose objective it is to support art criticism in all its forms worldwide and to keep pace with its changing disciplines. AICA’s head office, located in Paris, represents and promotes the activities of the Association’s 4,500 members, grouped into 63 different Sections, throughout the world.



For written or text based projects Words For Art maintains a fee structure commensurate with the industrial standards established by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. In 2011-2012 the schedule for Freelance Writers was set at:

  • Per day $911.00
  • Per half day (2/3 day rate) $607.00
  • Per hour $227.00
  • 1000 words or less $925.00
  • then 93c per word


Curatorial projects are quoted on a case by case basis, depending for instance on the duration, location and/or complexity of the endeavor. We are happy to discuss your project in advance, including assessing and advising on funding possibilities and options.

Proofreading & editing

Words For Art can provide you with highly qualified proofreaders and editors, including skilled PhD readers and experienced academic reviewers. Our team can work to proscribed style-guides or to your requirements as directed.

  • Per hour $100.00
  • Extended projects by negotiation



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