About the articles

In 1976, Henry Lydiate, then a newly qualified barrister, received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to set up a practice specifically providing legal advice to visual artists. Artlaw Services provided free information and legal advice to artists until 1983, when funding cuts meant the advice could no longer be given for free.

Since this time, Henry has also been writing his ‘Artlaw’ column in Art Monthly, covering relevant and contemporary issues facing visual artists and craftspeople. Henry’s columns refer to current legal and related issues in the art world. This archive, comprising every article written by Henry and published under the ‘Artlaw’ banner in Art Monthly, is therefore an historical document; this should be kept in mind when looking up relevant legislation or information about your legal problems.

In 2002, Henry and Artquest began collaborating on this archive. Articles will be archived here one month after they have been published in the newest edition of Art Monthly, ensuring the archive is kept up to date.

Artlaw was launched at the old Royal Army Medical College, now Chelsea School of Art, in Millbank on 27 May 2003.

Please note: This archive contains many contact details, service advertisements and other opportunities which may no longer be valid. The basic outlines to current legislation still apply (except in the Copyright before 1989 section, which is included for completeness of the archive and historical interest) but if you are in any doubt you should contact a legal advisor.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.