From the inaugural issue of Art Monthly in October 1976 to date, the Artlaw column has been published regularly, and has tried to bring to the visual arts community in the UK an awareness and understanding of the law relating to the visual arts.

These pieces chart the progress and successes of Artlaw Services through to its demise in 1984, when public funding was withdrawn following the then Thatcher Government’s severe cuts in public arts funding generally.  Not before which, Artlaw Services had helped to establish the Arts Law Centre of Australia (still operating successfully – with public funding) and the DACS (the UK’s not-for-profit artists’ copyright organisation).

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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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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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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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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International Artlaw Research and Education Fund

This month, the International Bar Association Conference at Cannes will review the work carried out to date by its ‘Educational Trust Cultural Property Law and Research and Educational Project’. In ot …

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