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These pieces chart the progress and successes of Artlaw Services through to its demise in 1984, when public funding was withdrawn following the then Thatcher Government’s severe cuts in public arts funding generally.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).

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… Continue Reading Art Law Introduction

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Is there Life after Art School?

The cuts in part-time art school teaching is one of the most myopic acts of vandalism ever committed by the establishment in recent years: shortsighted it surely is. The custom of inviting practising… Continue Reading Is there Life after Art School?

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One of us must know something (Sooner or Later)

A large brown envelope. It arrived during the summer and had something from the Arts Council of Great Britain about data protection inside. If you or your organisation holds any information on compute… Continue Reading One of us must know something (Sooner or Later)

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Dear Editors

I must apologise for not having produced my regular column this month – the first time in three years. The fact is that we’ve been under so much pressure at Artlaw that there’s been no time to sit dow… Continue Reading Dear Editors

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Information and Advice to the Visual Arts: Getting the Network Working

In May 1990, AN Publications (Artists Newsletter) carried out market research into the needs of artists and arts administrators. The results make it clear that the needs of artists and administrators… Continue Reading Information and Advice to the Visual Arts: Getting the Network Working

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Back to The Future

It was 20 years ago today when Peter Townsend told me he was launching a new visual arts magazine, and invited me to contribute what he hoped might become a regular column dealing with current legal i… Continue Reading Back to The Future

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Dear Shane

Artlaw Services Ltd in voluntary liquidation. Can this be so? You cannot believe it. You do deserve a full explanation; Shane Simpson, LLB, Barrister Director Arts Law Centre of Australia Sydney Dear… Continue Reading Dear Shane

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The Present Status of Artlaw

What is the present status of Artlaw? Jacqueline Morreau is by no means alone in asking this leading question (Art Monthly No. 83, p.25). Since the demise of Artlaw Services in 1983, thousands of peop… Continue Reading The Present Status of Artlaw

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Of ha’pennies and cakes – servicing public arts development

Deja vu was the last thing I expected to experience when I went to Leeds last month to contribute to the Public Arts seminary ‘Commissions and Contracts’ – a one-day exploration of the legal issues re… Continue Reading Of ha’pennies and cakes – servicing public arts development

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