*New* How to Interpret Art Law and Ethics

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    Zilkha Auditorium Whitechapel Gallery.

Past Event

This event was on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 10am–5pm

The session navigates the complex legal side of presenting contemporary art , specifically exploring risks and presenting safeguards when working with collections, including lending and borrowing, donating and accepting, disposal and de-acquisition. This course will also look at the ethics beyond the law, and when it is best to apply a moral standard to cultural property.

Part of the Whitechapel Gallery Inside the Gallery: How to course series.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding legal frameworks that apply to different types of institutions
  • Key contract terms and conditions and artist’s intellectual property rights
  • Managing acquisition and deaccession of art works and commissions
  • Tackling ethical questions in the absence of rules and regulations


Course leader:

  • Henry Lydiate, The Henry Lydiate Partnership


Event details

Date: Fri 24 March 2017
Time: 10am–5pm
Location: Clore Creative Studio
Lunch and refreshments included

About the course leaders

Henry Lydiate

Henry Lydiate is a scholar-practitioner who has specialised in legal issues relating to international art business since being called to the English Bar. He writes a regular column for Art Monthly, and his collected articles are published as the Artlaw Archive by Artquest for which he also provides on-line advice to artists (www.artquest.org.uk).

He is the founding partner of The Henry Lydiate Partnership LLP, the creative arts business consultancy whose clients include artists, dealers, collectors, auction houses, artists’ estates, foundations, museum and gallery collections, and public art institutions; and is a member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).

His portfolio includes designing and delivering postgraduate international art law and business modules for the Royal College of Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Southwestern University Law School Los Angeles.