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Artist-led studios

Second Anniversary Edition

October 1978 marks the second anniversary of the birth of this column and of Art Monthly itself; it also sees the establishment of Artlaw Services Limited, a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, registered as a charity to provide legal services for the arts community.

Surviving as an artist

Dear Worried Brown Eyes

This month, I have chosen some of the most prevalent artlaw queries to deal with, in the hope that a wider readership will benefit from the answers given.



An invoice is basically a bill you send to someone for the amount they owe you for payment of fees.


Business expenses

In general, nearly all the expenses incurred wholly for business purposes will be allowable for tax purposes, with the exception of entertaining expenses, fines and penalties.

Artists can receive money from many different sources, e. g. grants, awards and bursaries, as well as earnings from freelance or other employment.

Earning money is probably the most certain way for artists to support their practice, whether through freelance work related to their career or jobs in other areas.