VCUarts Qatar organizes a public forum on art law


In the Middle East, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a QF university, s ‘work to bridge the knowledge gap between art and law, and provide the public with access to this information.

To this effect, VCUarts Qatar will organize a series of public forums entitled “Art Law Dialogues Series” on the subject. Forums are free and open to the public.
The first such forum will take place today from 12:15-2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of VCUarts Qatar.
Those interested in joining the discussions can email [email protected]

The Dialogues series is curated by Art Law, a research lab of VCUarts Qatar. Art Law falls under the Institute of Creative Research at VCUarts Qatar and was established as a research collaboration between the Art History Program at VCUarts Qatar and the Faculty of Law at HBKU.
Dr. Radha Dalal, Director, Art History, VCUarts Qatar, and Dr. Eleni Polymenopoulou, Associate Professor, HBKU College of Law, co-lead the research lab.
Dialogue participants will discuss questions such as “How is creative practice affected by different local and international interpretations of artists’ rights? “How aware are Qatari art world actors of the regulatory legal frameworks for creating, selling, collecting and exhibiting works of art and design? “, “What are the challenges that creative practitioners might face? and “How helpful are current laws in addressing these concerns?” “.
The Dialogues series and the setting up of the art law research laboratory, more specifically in a country in the Middle East, come at the right time. While the global art trade continues to be dominated by the United States, its Middle East sector, particularly the Persian Gulf region, is attracting international attention due to its rapid growth and diversification. .
From the trade in ancient cultural artifacts to the production of contemporary art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital media, the Gulf region presents fertile ground for exploring legal issues regarding the creation, sale, collecting, exhibiting and protecting art and antiquities.
Dr. Dalal explained that art law is an emerging field of theory and scholarship. It is not a unified legal doctrine but a set of laws encompassing many areas ranging from intellectual property to illicit trafficking.
She said, “By involving local, regional and international experts, the Art Law Lab aims to conduct interdisciplinary research and promote a deeper understanding of the legal frameworks governing various issues, including artists’ rights, market regulation art and the illicit trade. of cultural property.
“With Qatar’s burgeoning local art scene and many museums opening in the region, it has never been more vital for the artists, designers, curators and other professionals who make up this world to develop a better understanding of the related national and international laws. To this end, the long-term goal of the lab is to create local educational opportunities in the field of art and antiquities law.

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