Artists’ Legal Rights Sessions

From copyright to consignment agreements, an artist’s practice can often feel fraught with pitfalls not covered at art school. At the beginning of June 2020, Block 336 started a series of interactive talks on artists’ legal rights, designed to explore some of the recurring themes in this area through the lens of how they affect artists. Organised by intellectual property lawyer and Block 336 board member Jon Sharples, the sessions bring together artists as well as arts and legal professionals to discuss copyright, artists’ contracts, artists’ estates and more. Alongside these talks, Block 336 is also collating information about available resources, advice clinics and law firms with pro bono offerings. Originally intended to be hosted at the gallery, the series is now being presented via Zoom. 

Session 2: Copyright: Challenging Categories

Weds 29 July 2020, 5.30 – 7pm 

Chaired by Jon Sharples

The second session in the series is the first of two looking at copyright, with this one specifically focusing on artworks that fall outside of the categories traditionally recognised by the law and, to some extent, the market. Looking primarily at performance, possible topics for conversation also include: collaborations, installation, video games, VR, AR, and AI. This session brings together London-based artist Fani Parali with Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance) at Tate, and Dr. Eleonora Rosati, Professor of IP law and leading copyright commentator. 

Disclaimer (as you might expect!) – the lawyers speaking can give general guidance only and what they say does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

Fani Parali is an artist living and working in London. Parali works across sound, performance, choreography, sculpture, large scale painting, installation and moving image to explore the formulation of identity beyond the body’s presence. In 2017 Parali graduated from the RA Schools with a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art. Solo exhibitions include ‘The Terrace of Lungs’ at Zabludowicz, London (2019) and ‘The Creatures’ at Chalton Gallery, London (2018). 

Catherine Wood is Senior Curator of International Art (Performance) at Tate. Wood was instrumental in founding the performance programme at Tate in 2003 and has since curated more than two hundred live works, both at the museum and within Tate’s online space ‘Performance Room’, which she initiated in 2011. Wood works on performance projects, exhibitions, collections, and has spearheaded Tate’s acquisition of works by Joan Jonas, Tino Sehgal and Suzanne Lacy among many others. 

Dr. Eleonora Rosati is a lawyer specialising in copyright, trade marks, fashion and internet laws. She is a tenured Associate Professor in Intellectual Property (IP) Law at Stockholm University, a Guest Professor at CEIPI-Université de Strasbourg, a Research Associate and Lecturer at EDHEC Business School, and an Associate at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. Rosati is also an Of Counsel at Bird & Bird and an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. A long-standing contributor to The IPKat (the most widely read blog on intellectual property law), Rosati is the author of several articles and books on IP issues, including – most recently – Copyright and the Court of Justice of the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Jon Sharples is an art and intellectual property lawyer, currently consulting for both Simmons & Simmons and Canvas Art Law. Jon also oversees operations at The Poetry School and is a trustee of Block 336 and Liverpool Biennial.

Attendees are invited to submit questions on areas of interest in advance of the sessions, and there will also be time reserved for a discussion with attendees of the themes arising. Please RSVP through eventbrite:

Each session’s attendees will be entered into a draw to win a mixed case of beer from our long-standing sponsors Brixton Brewery, which will be delivered to the lucky winner’s doorstep! Please email us at if you would prefer not to be entered for the draw.

Block 336 thanks Arts Council England, London Community Response Fund, Canvas Art Law and Brixton Brewery for their kind support.