% for Art Legistaltion

Since the 1982 Art and Architecture conference at the ICA, there has been an enormous growth of local authority policies which aim to encourage collaborative efforts between artists and architects. In …

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‘God help the Minister who meddles with Art’

Thus spoke the Liberal Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. I wonder if he’s turning in his grave? Now we have a Minister for the Arts with a voice in the Cabinet, perhaps the Government’s legislative prog …

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‘One for you, nineteen for me’

George Harrison's pre-decimalisation crie de coeur is everyone's concern, particularly at this time of the year and especially in the arts when organisations and individuals are busy making up …

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‘She’s nobody’s child; the law can’t touch her at all’

It’s dip. Show time again: a time for looking back over the past years work and exhibiting it for public view; a time also for looking forward to taking the first few steps along the rocky road to bec …

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3D Artworks

The 1977 movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the subject of a recent lengthy trial at the High Court in London, at the heart of which lay the fiendishly difficult question of what – in English …

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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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A Developing Global Framework

Copyright laws were created in direct response to the development of industrial technologies that enabled unique paintings and drawings to be copied and mechanically reproduced in multiple numbers. Th …

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A Landmark Case?

Can the integrity of publicly sited sculpture be damaged by siting another object close to it? Think of landmark works such as Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, 1988, or Andy Scott’s Kelpies, 2013: …

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A Tax on Art Schools

Art education has undergone radical changes in recent years not just in the content of courses but also in the funding and administration of the colleges themselves. In fact, few art schools exist as …

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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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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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Advertising and marketing art: Copyright confusion

If a work of art is on display, for sale or simply on public viewing, can the gallery owner or administrator reproduce it, in a catalogue, on a postcard or on a flyer without the copyright owner’s per …

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After Sales

The last two articles in this series have dealt with selling work: the use of some written form of agreement was shown to be essential and of considerable advantage to artists and buyers. If the sugge …

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Afterlife of Photographs

On 16 May 2019 the fifth edition of the international photography fair, Photo London, opens at Somerset House. 100 or so specialist galleries from around the world will exhibit for sale photographic w …

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Agency Deals

The lack of gallery premises or adequate showing space has not prevented many actual or would-be dealers approaching artists offering agency deals, with a view to promoting and selling the artists …

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