Art Consulting Association of Australia


Members News - Anna Waldmann – 31/08/2013

Following recent interviews with Tony Ellwood (NGV) and Michael Brand (AGNSW), Anna Waldmann's conversation with Power Institute Director, Prof Mark Ledbury is published in the current issue of Art & Australia.

Anna Waldmann will take art lovers on an ''art walk'' at Sydney Contemporary on Friday 20 September between 4-5pm at Carriageworks.

Members News - Anna Waldmann – 08/11/2012

Anna Waldmann's review of the Ai Weiwei and Damien Hirst London exhibitions is in the November issue of Art and Australia.

Anna Waldmann is interviewing Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz at MONA on 28 November at 6pm. All welcome.

Members News - Jane Raffan – 23/10/2012

Jane Raffan is the sole author of a new book on Aboriginal art - Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art.

Link to the publisher:

Members News - Anna Waldmann – 29/08/2012

Anna Waldmann discussed art foundations and art philanthropy on Eastside Radio.

Link to the podcast:

Members News - Anna Waldmann – 07/11/2011

Art adviser Anna Waldmann has organised the visual arts component of the Woollahra Festival of Arts and Ideas running this weekend

She will be chairing a session titled To Give and To Get: Philanthropy and Collecting in Action with auctioneer Andrew Shapiro and collectors and benefactors Penelope Seidler AM, and Simon Mordant on Sunday 13 November at 3pm.The visual arts program also includes discussions with artist Hany Armanious, Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale; Beautiful and Damned: Planning and the Harbour City (with leading architects Brian Zulaikha, Chris Bosse, Chris Johnson, Helen Lochhead and Philip Thalis); and The Art of War: Artists on the Front Line (with artists Wendy Sharpe, Lewis Miller and Ian Howard).

Members News - Jane Raffan – 14/09/2011

Jane Raffan is producing/presenting ArtiFacts Eastside, a radio interview program focused on the arts, each Monday fortnight at 10:30am, Eastside Radio, Sydney. 

Locals can listen on 89.7FM and other states can listen online via

The back catalogue of arts interviews is available via ArtiFacts

Members News - Anna Waldmann – 27/08/2011

Anna Waldmann to speak in Istanbul

Anna Waldmann has been invited to participate in a one-day conference in Istanbul which will take place during the Istanbul Biennale.

Articles of Interest for Self Managed Super Fund Trustees – 17/08/2011

Smith & Hall Collapse Sends a Chill through SMSF Sector

Having recovered from the tremors of the Cooper Review recommendation to ban art as an asset class in their Self Managed Super Funds, trustees will now have to overcome the rolling aftershocks, including potential loss of value across holdings, and financial imposts associated with impending government regulation. Read more

The Smith & Hall Liquidation Process – a Cautionary Tale

With plot twists and innuendos to rival a John Grisham novel, the voluntary administration of the Smith & Hall group under parent International Art Holdings Pty Ltd, now officially in receivership, has seen two of the companies already emerge from under investigation to be re-registered by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). Throughout the process, the Administrator’s scorched earth policy in the hunt for liquid assets has come under fire from investors already burned by the company collapse. Read more

Members News - Anna Waldmann – 25/05/2011

Art Gallery of NSW: State of the Arts talks

A series of lectures in association with the new contemporary galleries
Friday 3 June 1pm – 2pm

Anna Waldmann will talk about different models of private art benefaction in Australia and overseas: foundations, temporary spaces and private museums

Press Release - May 2011 – 25/05/2011

20 May 2011 – PRESS RELEASE


The Art Consulting Association of Australia Inc (ACAA) has joined the newly-formed Australian Antique and Art Market Federation (AAAMF), an alliance that aims to protect the interests of the Australian primary and secondary markets in antiques, art and artworks.

In conjunction with the AAAMF, the ACAA seeks to further develop and foster ethical and professional standards and practices within the arts, whilst supporting and encouraging development in the sector.  Several years of uncertainty in the Australian art market have caused significant damage to businesses, standards and local market sophistication in Australia. 

According to inaugural Chairman of the AAAMF, Jolyon Warwick James:

Members intend to send a single, combined response to the press, art bodies,

and Government as and when the commercial sector’s interests are under challenge. 


The AAAMF is targeting current local issues such as Artists Resale Royalties, The Cooper Review into Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs), and the arts policies of the various political parties; and International issues, such as the American embargo, Droit de Suite, and other international tax structures. The Federation will provide advance awareness of issues the Australian Government may be consider implementing locally and respond with a single voice.

Sarrah Shapley, the Public Officer of the ACAA says:

We are delighted to join the AAAMF and look forward to working with our colleagues in contributing, proposing and furthering ethical and professional practices and standards that will benefit the growth and maturity of the visual arts sector in Australia.


The AAAMF is and ACAA is now targeting the changes that will be implemented by the Labor Government to Self Managed Super Funds.  Whilst the government has rejected many of the Cooper Review recommendations, there are still many significant points of concern that will unnecessarily complicate, discriminate and inhibit the acquisition of visual arts for superannuation investment. These points include but are not limited to:

  • The unnecessary requirement to place an artwork purchased for superannuation “out of site”
  • Possible requirement of annual valuations creating unnecessary cost and administrative red tape
  • The ability for valuations to be provided by the vendor thus permitting conflict of interest

For further information please contact:

Sarrah Shapley, Public Officer, Art Consulting Association of Australia

Tel: 02 6156 3145 / M: 0406728851 / E: /