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 art law, in particular…

Management of Creativity

There once was a man who said God Must think it exceedingly odd If He Finds that this tree Continues to be When there’s no one around in the Quad (Mgr Ronald Knox) Train journeys can be…

Law Online: Artquest

From April 2003, the Artlaw articles published in this column over the past 26 years will be available online at www.artquest.org.uk. Artquest was established in December 2001 to provide advice and information to London’s professional visual artists…

Artlaw Services – A National Legal Service for the Arts

It is not widely remembered that William Hogarth, amongst his many other achievements, was the prime sponsor of a copyright statute, the Engravers' Copyright Act of 1735 – better known…

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, strategist and change specialist with a…

The State of Play

Heard any good myths lately? Try these for size. ‘I thought Henry Lydiate was a middle aged rich solicitor, with a plush office in the Strand, who makes lots of money out of artists.’ or: ‘Why…

Artlaw History

In November 2009 Artquest’s online practical information, advice and support service for visual artists and craftspeople was overhauled and improved. It included a major restructuring of the Artlaw Archive of articles published in Art Monthly from its first…

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 Services provided free information and legal advice to…

Conference Consequences

The British Art World is a notoriously diverse and divided community. The Whitechapel Conference organised by Artlaw on Jan 4, 1980, was remarkable in that it attracted an audience made up of a unique cross section of artists…

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 problems are…

International Artlaw Research and Education Fund

This month, the International Bar Association Conference at Cannes will review the work carried out to date by its ‘Educational Trust Cultural Property Law and Research and Educational Project’. In other words, its Artlaw…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Shane, Artlaw Services Ltd in voluntary…

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…

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 people…