This potpourri of articles examines different aspects of the ‘commercial dimension’ of practice.  Different legal forms of practising (freelancer, partnership, limited liability company, and so on) are explored, as is working abroad, marketing, and bankruptcy.

Unusual items include Eric Hebborn’s fakes of works of old masters (1984), and Mail Art (2001). A piece on Warhol’s (then) recent death in 1987 offers immediate and contemporary thoughts about the artist as a brand name and marketing phenomenon.

Two pieces are of special importance. The 1979 interview with three generations of artists discussing together how they approached the business side of their practices – the (then) late middle-aged Eduardo Paolozzi, the early middle-aged John Hoyland, and the twenty-something Brian Clarke; and the 1986 interview with Mark Boyle about his own and the Boyle Family’s ways of working.

Life After Art School

Art school education was first publicly funded in the UK during the reign of King Charles 1 in the 17th century, and developed in the 18th century through the establishment of academies of art support… Continue Reading Life After Art School

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The Boyle Family

Mark Boyle interviewed by Henry Lydiate Henry Lydiate’s Artlaw Column appeared in the first issue of Art Monthly when he first met Mark Boyle and his family. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Artla… Continue Reading The Boyle Family

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Heath and Safety

If you have a studio the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 will apply to your use of it, as the regulations apply to all places of work, and this includes an artist’s studio. An overview of its impli… Continue Reading Heath and Safety

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Breaking the Rules

As an art lawyer, Warhol’s death provoked in me serious thoughts about art and money, including the rules of the marketplace. Between thought and expression Lies a lifetime. * And though the rules of… Continue Reading Breaking the Rules

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Shamrock Organisations

Gustave Courbet’s huge 20ft wide by 12ft high oil painting, The Painter’s Studio (A Real Allegory of Seven Years of My Life), 1855, represents among other things his view of the (then) new role of the… Continue Reading Shamrock Organisations

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Soul Trading

The classic ‘who, where and how’ of marketing, to which Nich Pearson implicitly referred last month (Art Monthly No 95, p.9) when bemoaning the absence of vigorous professional marketing in the visual… Continue Reading Soul Trading

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Commercial Dimensions

The UK's creative industries currently earn £112b a year according to statistics from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, representing a growth rate of 9% annually between 1997 and… Continue Reading Commercial Dimensions

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Management Of Creativity 30 Years On

In October 1976 the first issue of Art Monthly carried the first Artlaw column. Have things improved, worsened, or stayed pretty much the same over the last 30 years? From Jennie Lee’s appointment as… Continue Reading Management Of Creativity 30 Years On

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Fundamental Enquiries

A fundamental problem artists continually bring to Artlaw is the need for basic information and advice on how to set up and maintain a ‘business’ as an artist; it’s a question of survival. It has been… Continue Reading Fundamental Enquiries

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Collective Bargaining

Last month's column focused on the selling power of those few artists whose works have established a strong market value, and their ability to pick and choose – or blacklist – their purchasers or… Continue Reading Collective Bargaining

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