Artists Legal Drop-In: Navigating Public Art

Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) and CARFAC Ontario invite artists experienced with, or interested in, the creation of public art to join our legal drop-in session!  

From murals to sculptures and interactive installations, public art is unique in its ability to engage broader audiences, transform public spaces and foster a sense of community through aesthetic enjoyment.  But it is not without its risks and challenges, especially for the artists involved.  Whether negotiating commission agreements, protecting copyright, planning fabrication and installation, or preparing for decommissioning, maintenance, and/or repairs, artists involved in the creation of public art works must navigate a range of complex and oftentimes confusing logistical details, stakeholder expectations and technical challenges, many of which entail potential legal considerations.

This virtual session is intended to provide a relaxed space for artists interested in public art to learn both from each other and from our expert facilitators—Curtia Wright (multi-disciplinary fine artist, mural artist, and arts educator) and Lina El Mugammar (business and intellectual property lawyer). Designed as a community-led forum, participants are encouraged to bring and share their questions, experiences, struggles, and successes with their peers and facilitators.  

Potential topics for discussion within the context of public art include: negotiating agreements/contracts; copyright and intellectual property laws; budgeting; collecting payment; workplace/on-site safety; insurance; navigating disputes; and considerations for collaborative work and artist collectives.  

This session is primarily aimed to provide individual artists and collectives with community support on best practices and legal information while also contributing to CARFAC’s ongoing development of the new public art fee schedule and public art toolkit. To ensure we can create a space that is comfortable and encourages artists to share their questions and experiences, this session is intended only for artists. Commissioners, arts administrators, project managers, organizations, government bodies, and other types of administrative or third party roles are not permitted to join.  


Date: March 20th, 2024

Time: 5 – 7pm EDT

Virtual via ZOOM

This session will not be recorded.

ASL interpretation and auto-captioning will be provided. Additional access accommodations can be requested at registration.


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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council


Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario et le gouvernement de l’Ontario, et la Ville de Toronto par l’intermédiaire du Conseil des arts de Toronto de leur soutien financier.


Mar 20 2024


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm