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All articles in the Artlaw section have been written by Henry Lydiate.

Henry Lydiate is a legal and business consultant specialising in the creative arts. He is an experienced lawyer, manager, strategist and change specialist with a life-long commitment to the creative arts, and to the support of creative practitioners and organisations through innovation, people development and co-creation.

He has extensive experience as a public speaker, lecturer and trainer, published writer and journalist, on the law relating to the visual arts in particular. He has written his Artlaw column for Art Monthly since its first issue, published in October 1976, and continues to contribute regularly.

He has a sustained commitment to supporting creative arts practice that has been recognised nationally and internationally, most recently by appointment as Visiting Professor to University of the Arts London.

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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article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.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.