On Saturday, 20th October, we were pleased to offer a study forum hosted at Notre Dame
University in London. The day covered a variety of topics delivered by experts from universities, law firms and the Institute of Art and Law.
Institute of Art and Law Assistant Director, Alexander Herman, spoke about a case before the
US courts in 1928 involving the famous Brancusi sculpture Bird in Space and whether it constituted a ‘sculpture’ or an ‘article of utility’ for the purposes of customs law.
Amanda Gray, Managing Associate at Mishcon de Reya LLP, discussed three fascinating recent cases she has worked on, including one very complex dispute involving multiple parties and a bright red Ferrari car.
Dr Enrico Bonadio from City University presented some of his findings relating to street artists and whether they are able to use copyright law to protect their images from misappropriation by large companies.
Institute of Art and Law Senior Researcher, Emily Gould, discussed museum deaccessions and when it can be ethically problematic for a museum to sell a piece from its collection.
Dr John Kerr from Roehampton University got people debating the role that art plays in political protests.
Alexander Herman closed the event by speaking about immunity from seizure for works of art brought into a country on loan and some of the important cases that have gone before the courts over the past 15 years.
Thank you to all who participated in the engaging discussions throughout the day.