Written by arts legal specialist Henry Lydiate for Art Monthly since October 1976, Artlaw also contains dozens of frequently asked questions on all aspects of art and the law, and short films on our ArtlawTV channel, available free for personal use.

Visual artists anywhere in England can submit a simple legal query, which we pass on to a team of legal specialists for an initial reply.


 Recent articles

Artist’s Resale Right: Ten Years After

‘It is a well known melancholy truth that the tribe of auctioneers, connoisseurs, and picture dealers have monopolised the trade of pictures, and made …

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Do I have to pay tax on the award or grant I have been given?

There continues to be no up to date and definitive answer or ruling to the question of whether prizes and awards will be deemed taxable by the HMRC. I …

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Film and Video

The Whitechapel Gallery’s current survey show ‘Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966’, is a reflection of the extent to which digital media are now being …

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If two or more artists collaborate on a work of art, which one of them will own the copyright?

Who will own the copyright of the finished work? In the absence of a written contract between the artists, specifying who will be the author(s) of the …

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Moral Lights

Appropriation – without a capital ‘a’ – of images by artists has been common practice throughout art history. Artists whose images are appropriated ca …

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What should I consider when deciding whether or not to sign a written agreement with a gallery?

In particular, should I agree to a 12 month notice period and a commission on sales at exhibitions outside the gallery? The wisdom of signing any busi …

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What works are covered / protected by copyright?

whether visual, musical, dramatic, literary, film, video, TV or sound broadcasts, including artworks (paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints of any …

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When Collaborators Turn

Marina Abramović is being sued for breach of contract by her former artistic collaborator Ulay over works they jointly created when working and living …

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