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Bow Skills talk: intellectual property (IP) rights and protecting your artwork with DACS

Wednesday 28th February 2024 , 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Develop your artist legal toolkit with DACS as they run through the fundamentals of what you need to know about intellectual property rights (IP), protecting your artwork, and advocating for yourself as an artist. 
Photo credits: Nana Ama.

Learning how to protect your artwork and advocate for your rights as an artist can feel daunting – especially when you start diving into the nitty gritty bits of legislation that relate to your artist rights. So, we’ve brought in the experts from DACS to provide an overview of the basics and fundamentals you need to know. 

After introducing their advocacy work and core services, DACS will examine some of the key intellectual property (IP) rights, with a focus on the basic, practical knowledge that artists will find helpful. They will speak about the Artist’s Resale Right, copyright, the language of contracts, moral rights, copyright exceptions, and the key things that DACS consider when licensing for artists.  

They will outline key scenarios that you might find yourself in as an artist, before collectively working through how we might respond and how our rights impact these situations, so you can put your newly learned knowledge into practice. The session will end with a Q&A where you can put your burning questions to the DACS team. 

Please note: DACS specialise in artistic copyright, which is specific to works of art and separate from design rights (e.g. design patents, graphic design). These are covered by a different section of the relevant legislation. Many artists will blend across different kinds of mediums, but if you have questions specifically relating to design works, DACS will support to the best of their ability and can signpost to other resources which artists may find helpful. 

In this talk, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of knowing your artist rights in order to advocate for yourself and protect your artwork 
  • Gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of key intellectual property rights (IP), including the Artist’s Resale Right, copyright, contracts, moral rights, copyright exceptions, and licensing  
  • Work through scenarios as a group that you may encounter as an artist 
  • Connect with other artists and practitioners 
£7 £5 concessions

More about DACS 

Founded 40 years ago, DACS is a not-for-profit organisation set up by artists, for artists. We provide free-to-join services, which support artists in managing, protecting and monetising their rights and we act as a trusted broker for 180,000 members worldwide. 


About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.   

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   

Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 3967 1643.  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am-5pm 
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.