40 Years On

From the inaugural issue of Art Monthly in October 1976 to date, this column has been published regularly. Its original raison d’être was driven by the then marked absence of available resources on ar …

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Management of Creativity

There once was a man who said God Must think it exceedingly odd If He Finds that this tree Continues to be When there’s no one around in the Quad (Mgr Ronald Knox) Train journeys can be remarkable. No …

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Artlaw Services – A National Legal Service for the Arts

It is not widely remembered that William Hogarth, amongst his many other achievements, was the prime sponsor of a copyright statute, the Engravers' Copyright Act of 1735 – better known as 'Hog …

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Law Online: Artquest

From April 2003, the Artlaw articles published in this column over the past 26 years will be available online at www.artquest.org.uk. Artquest was established in December 2001 to provide advice and in …

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About the author

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, strateg …

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The State of Play

Heard any good myths lately? Try these for size. ‘I thought Henry Lydiate was a middle-aged rich solicitor, with a plush office in the Strand, who makes lots of money out of artists.’ or: ‘Why shoulld …

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Artlaw History

In November 2009 Artquest’s online practical information, advice and support service for visual artists and craftspeople was overhauled and improved. It included a major restructuring of the Artlaw Ar …

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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 Se …

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Conference Consequences

The British Art World is a notoriously diverse and divided community. The Whitechapel Conference organised by Artlaw on Jan 4, 1980, was remarkable in that it attracted an audience made up of a unique …

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Art Law Introduction

Visual artists, like any other members of the community, are subject to the ordinary laws of the land, but many are often unaware of the significant role the law plays in their working lives. Major pr …

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