Upcoming Event: Art + Law National Conference for Visual Artists and Art Lawyers

The Creative Law Society is very excited about the upcoming Art + Law National Conference for Visual Artists and Art Lawyers being put on by CARFAC in Ottawa on June 8-10th, 2012.

When CARFAC first told the Creative Law Society about the conference we could not be more excited, and a number of our members will be volunteering at the event. Law students from any law school are invited to attend as well.  It will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about this area of law and will bring together lawyers with experience in arts and entertainment law, ranging from copyright and contract law, to estate planning, tax, and labour from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The conference will consist of panels on topics including artists’ legal clinics, copyright, labour. As well as panels and discussions there will be many social opportunities such as a gallery hop downtown Ottawa on June 9th. This is the first conference in Canada that brings together artists and lawyers, although similar conferences occur regularly abroad, such as the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in the United States.


When: June 8th to 10th, 2012
Where: The Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa

What: CARFAC is inviting visual artists and arts lawyers from across Canada to come together and discuss the intersection of art and the law. CARFAC’s work involves educating artists about their economic and legal rights. Many of the questions that our artist members call us about are legal in nature – everything from copyright to contract disputes and tax issues. This year’s conference will explore the unique challenges faced by artists and arts organizations when things get legal.

The conference will have two streams – one for artists and one for lawyers. Each stream has a different schedule and registration – some events will overlap, but the two groups will split for specialized panels and breakout groups. Law students are also invited to join.

For more information about each stream (artists or arts lawyer), information about the schedule, and how to register, see the conference webpage.