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An Introduction to Contracts for Artists

Tuesday, 7 March 2023
6 – 8pm

Artists and other creatives often find themselves being given contracts and agreements which contain specialist language and phrasing that can be hard to navigate and understand.

This in-person workshop hosted by STEAMhouse is the second in a series on practical legal education for working artists, led by School of Law Lecturer Mitchell Longan

In this session we will cover basic contract law and important considerations for creatives, including:

  • What a contract is
  • How contracts are formed
  • Their limitations
  • What various terms mean
  • Generally how artists can protect themselves with the contracts they create or sign.

There will also be opportunities to test what we have just learned as Mitchell guides participants through an example of a real artist’s contract, helping us to understand what the implications of each section are. And lots of time for questions.

Our Workshop Leader

Mitchell is a dual-educated academic with experience in both American and UK/EU legal systems. He has also worked previously as an artist and is keenly interested in the intersections of law and creativity. The majority of his research has developed around new technology, creative expression, and the way the law functions as a means to promote and protect that expression. He teaches in the School of Law at Birmingham City University.


Presented as part of the STEAMhouse Create Programme.

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles – conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Since early 2018 the STEAMhouse Create programme has been powered by Birmingham City University, in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It supports businesses, including self-employed, sole-trading artists, to test new ideas, prototype and make new products and services (which if you are an artist may be artworks) as well as explore the potential of digital technologies to help you collaborate and innovate.

Find out more HERE