What materials might I not be allowed to work with in my studio?

You must be aware of the ‘permitted uses’ of your studio.

Often the landlord will want you to specify the actual nature of your art practice, as this has obvious health and safety implications, because the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies to artists’ studios as ‘workplaces’, even if you have a solo studio in a shared building.

For more guidance on health & safety in the workplace, and an index for specific materials and their regulation, the Health & Safety Executive produce a very helpful A to Z guide on their website.

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article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.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