Category Archives: United Kingdom

Fraudulent art investment companies wound up by the High Court

Posted on: November 1, 2019 by Charlotte Dunn

Earlier this month, the High Court in Manchester wound up two companies which had received just under £1million from investors, between October 2018 and June 2019, as part of a fraudulent art investment scheme. The two companies involved were Gem Tobin Ltd, located in Cheshire, and Dionysus Design Services Ltd, located in York. The court’s […]

The Royal Shakespeare Company severed its ties with British Petroleum

Posted on: October 18, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

As London is once more taken over by climate change protests, a recent news story from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) serves as yet another (very timely) reminder that the arts and cultural sector can no longer remain isolated from the climate change debate, as we have previously discussed here. Just days before Extinction Rebellion’s […]

Updates from the most recent IAL Study Forum

Posted on: October 16, 2019 by Charlotte Dunn

We were delighted to welcome attendees from far and wide to the latest IAL Study Forum, held on the 12th October 2019. Speakers with expertise from across the legal and art spheres, with backgrounds ranging from museum work to auction houses covered a correspondingly broad range of topics. Lisette Aguilar (Keystone Law, former Associate General […]

September brought important developments for collections management

Posted on: October 4, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

September was, as usual, an eventful month for the art world and the cultural heritage sector. After the lull of the summer months, there were a number of interesting events and developments that took place both in the UK and abroad. Today, we will be looking at two developments that were important from a collections […]

A report from two major Holocaust-Looted Art Events in London

Posted on: September 17, 2019 by Emily Gould and Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

London played host earlier this month to two fascinating events relating to Holocaust-looted art and restitution. Both events were packed, truly marking the beginning of a new academic year and the return from summer holidays. IAL attended both events and here is our account of the enlightening discussions which took place. At the V&A, on […]

Art loans: a linchpin for the sector in challenging times?

Posted on: September 5, 2019 by Emily Gould

It’s not often that the topic of art loans makes headline news, even in the cultural sector. Although loans of works of art and cultural artefacts represent the lifeblood of many institutions across the globe, they generally proceed under the radar, with little fuss or fanfare. The occasional blockbuster exhibition might attract press comment, drawing […]

Interview with IAL Alumna Kathy Richmond, Registrar at the Museum of London

Posted on: September 3, 2019 by Kiri Cragin Folwell

Kathy Richmond, Registrar at the Museum of London, participated in our Diploma in Art Law and Collections Management. Read about her background working with National and non-National museums in the UK and her experience studying on the Diploma course at the Institute of Art and Law. Can you tell us a little bit about your […]

Action on climate change: the voices of protest and the cultural sector’s response

Posted on: August 15, 2019 by Emily Gould

The ever-increasing volume of the call for urgent action on climate change is unlikely to have passed many readers by over recent months. From school strikes to mass demonstrations, the rise to fame of young climate activist Greta Thunberg and the ongoing ‘war on plastics’, the topic rarely fails to make headline news. It is […]

From ivory ban to ivory war? The trade controversy continues to sizzle

Posted on: July 29, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

The debate on the elephant ivory ban in the UK, which we have previously covered on the IAL blog here and here, seemed to have reached a conclusion as the 2018 Ivory Act received royal assent in late December last year. However, since then there have been two important developments. Firstly, activists have been campaigning […]

Just Released: Art Antiquity & Law July 2019 Issue

Posted on: July 23, 2019 by Julia Rodrigues Casella Hommes

Landing just in time to absorb you during the Summer holidays, the July 2019 issue of Art Antiquity & Law (Vol. XXIV, Issue 2) has been released in print and online. Subscriptions are available either as hardcopy only, digital only as well as digital + hardcopy packages and can be purchased directly through our website. […]