Written by arts legal specialist Henry Lydiate for Art Monthly since October 1976, Artlaw also contains dozens of frequently asked questions on all aspects of art and the law, and short films on our ArtlawTV channel, available free for personal use.

Visual artists anywhere in England can submit a simple legal query, which we pass on to a team of legal specialists for an initial reply.

 Recent articles

Can I sell my copyright?

Copyright can only be ‘assigned’ (sold or given away) by the execution of a written document signed by the copyright owner. It is not advisable, howev …

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Continuing Silence

Many aspects of the art business world attract criticism or attack for being slippery and opaque, none more so than in the realm of sales transactions …

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Dealing Differently

In 1976 this column looked at the case of a London-based artist who sent work to a New York gallery for exhibition and sale in the US: the works were …

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Do I have to pay tax on the award or grant I have been given?

There continues to be no up-to-date and definitive answer or ruling to the question of whether prizes and awards will be deemed taxable by the HMRC. I …

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Fair Use

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation recently announced a new Fair Use policy to make images of the artist’s work more accessible to museums, scholars, …

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Licensing can be a useful way to earn extra income by permitting other uses of your work in exchange for money What is licensing? When you license you …

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Secondary Sales Risks

Caveat emptor is usually translated as ‘let the buyer beware’. Its common use in law and business connotes a doctrine that still operates today, espec …

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The ICOM Code

A new series of professional development courses aimed at mid-career curators and museum professionals was recently launched by Whitechapel Gallery in …

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What should I know about copyright as a freelance artist/educator who facilitates workshops?

As a freelance artist/educator who develops and facilitates workshops and projects for institutions, what should I know about copyright and how can I …

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