ArtlawTV: Simon Faithfull on Art and Ideas

Art and Ideas – what does copyright law recognise as art?

Artists sometimes report their work has been seemingly ripped off and used in other ways without their consent – but what is actually covered and protected by copyright law? Artist Simon Faithfull talks about some of his experiences, and what he can do to protect aspects of his work.


Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. Recent projects include a video-work recording the journey of a domestic chair as it is carried to the edge of space (commissioned by Arts Catalyst), a drawing project sending back live digital-drawings from a two month journey to Antarctica (an Arts Council International Fellowship with British Antarctic Survey) and an animated film developed from drawings made on a mundane walk out of London along the A13 trunk road (a Channel 4 TV commission with Arts Council England). Recent exhibitions have included the solo shows at the British Film Institute (London),  Harris Museum (Preston), Galerie Polaris (Paris), Parker’s Box (New York), Stills (Edinburgh) and Cell (London).

Faithfull was born in Oxfordshire, UK, studied at Central St Martins and then Reading University.  His practice takes a variety of forms – ranging from video, to digital drawing, installation work and writing. Faithfull is also a lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.

Artist: Simon Faithfull
Art lawyer: Henry Lydiate
Camera: Donald Bousted
Sound: Christian Burnett
Post production: Best Bits Media
Written and produced by: Lubna Gem Arielle
Commissioned by Artquest

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article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.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