‘Copyright and Intellectual Property’ panel discussion at London Art Fair

21 Jan 2016

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2pm - 3pm

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Jerwood Arts

England, United Kingdom

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This panel discussion will consider how contemporary artists contend with issues of copyright and intellectual property in their practice. It will take the most recent Jerwood Encounters exhibition, Common Property, as its starting point.


Confirmed participants include: Hannah Pierce, Curator of Common Property; Shane Burke, current PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London, who is researching the relationship between copyright law and conceptual art; and Antonio Roberts, exhibiting artist in Common Property.


Hannah Pierce is a researcher, curator and project manager based in Manchester. Her research and curatorial focus is on experimental models for supporting emerging and under-represented artists. She is currently Contemporary Arts Programme Manager with the National Trust, and has previously worked with Jerwood Visual Arts, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool Biennial and the International Award for Excellence in Public Art.


Shane Burke is a lecturer in intellectual property law at Cardiff University. Coming from a background in the music industry and the visual arts, his research interests are in the area of the intellectual property and the legal regulation of the arts. He is in the latter stages of doctoral research at Queen Mary, University of London on the subject of copyright law and conceptual art. His inter-disciplinary study examines the nature of conceptual art and considers the issues associated with the privileging of ideas over form, judicial strategies for the definition of art and the role of documentation in the artistic process with a particular focus on the UK and US legal regimes. This project also involved interviews with artists, gallerists, legal practitioners, collecting societies and archivists in both London and New York conducted throughout 2014-2015.  The awarding of the Modern Law Review Scholarship has supported this research in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Shane also graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with an LL.M in Intellectual Property, from the National University of Galway Ireland with an LL.B and Trinity College Dublin with an M.Sc in Multimedia Systems.


Antonio Roberts is a new-media artist and curator based in Birmingham. His artwork focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. An underlying theme of his work is open source software, free culture and collaborative practices. As a performer and visual artist his work has been featured at a number of galleries and festivals including 'Loud Tate: Code' at Tate Britain (2014), 'glitChicago' at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, US (2014), and 'f(Glitch)' at Stony Brook University, New York, US (2014). As a curator he has delivered exhibitions and projects including the Birmingham editions of 'Bring Your Own Beamer' (2012, 2013), 'µChip 3' (2015), and 'Stealth' (2015). He is an Associate Curator at Vivid Projects and is a Fellow at Birmingham Open Media. Martin was editor of Talking Photography, a catalogue of the audio and visual collections of the British Library National Sound Archive, where he is an interviewer for the Oral History of British Photography project. He has written articles and essays on various contemporary photographers for publications and journals including  Photoworks and Aperture, entries for The Folio Society Book of the 100 Greatest Photographs  (2006) and the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2007) and contributed to international exhibition catalogues on the role of photography in the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts Movements.


To find out more about Jerwood Encounters: Common Property please visit the exhibition page:

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