Exhibition Relief Funding

Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MEGTR) came temporarily into UK law to give financial support for mounting and/or touring new public-facing exhibitions in the five years from 1 April 2017… Continue Reading Exhibition Relief Funding

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Brexit Begins

Post-Brexit future relations between the UK and the EU are contained in a document signed on 24 December 2020: the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). On 30 December 2020 UK Parliament ratifi… Continue Reading Brexit Begins

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Wash-Out

A week is a long time in politics: rapid and unforeseeable changes can transform the political and economic landscape. During one week in April 2017, UK politicians made significant changes affecting… Continue Reading Wash-Out

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The Code of Art

The idea of art industry self-regulation is accepted by an increasingly wide range of art market professionals and their expert advisers, but there is no agreement amongst them on best ways and means… Continue Reading The Code of Art

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Art Industry Self-Regulation

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland during January 2015, leading world economist Nouriel Roubini publicly attacked the global art industry for being secretive and opaque, and called for… Continue Reading Art Industry Self-Regulation

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

‘There are no votes in the arts. Nobody’s interested.’ This was the instinctive response of re-election obsessed Jim Hacker when bridling at Sir Humphrey’s insistence that his PM should speak at a bro… Continue Reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Regulating the Art Industry

Nouriel Roubini is a leading world economist, renowned for predicting the world economic downturn of 2007/8 years beforehand. At the World Economic Forum event at Davos in Switzerland in January 2015… Continue Reading Regulating the Art Industry

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Moral Rights: A Suitable Case for Treatment?

Artists’ moral rights laws have been in force in the UK since 1989. Have they been operating well for the past twenty-odd years, or is there room for improvement? This question is triggered by two rec… Continue Reading Moral Rights: A Suitable Case for Treatment?

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Endangered Public Sculptures

Several currently running cases concern the legal status and protection of sculpture in the public environment. In November 2012 the London Borough of Tower Hamlets made a policy decision to sell Henr… Continue Reading Endangered Public Sculptures

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Change of Art

On 18 October 2011, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme, Change of Art, exploring ideas to ‘rotate or retire’ public artworks that have become ‘tired, decrepit or meaningless’, in the course of which le… Continue Reading Change of Art

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