United Kingdom: Guides to legal framework of artistic expression

20 November 2015


The British freedom of expression campaigners Index on Censorship have published a series of law packs addressing questions about legal limits related to free expression and the arts.

“Freedom of expression is essential to the arts. But the laws and practices that protect and nurture free expression are often poorly understood both by practitioners and by those enforcing the law,” explained Index on Censorship chief executive Jodie Ginsberg.

The information packs, entitled ‘Art and the Law: Guides to the legal framework and its impact on artistic freedom of expression’, are intended to address this issue.

They have been produced by Vivarta in partnership with Index on Censorship and Bindmans LLP. The packs have been made possible by generous pro-bono support from lawyers at Bindmans LLP, Clifford Chance, Doughty Street Chambers, Matrix Chambers and Brick Court. It was also supported by Arts Council England

The documents are to be enhanced and developed in partnership with arts groups. The work builds on an earlier study by Index on Censorship, ‘Taking the Offensive’, which showed how self-censorship manifests itself in arts organisations and institutions.

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