Hosted by
Riah Pryor

The Bigger Picture Podcast.

Special Guest
Jon Sharples

Special guest, Jon Sharples of Howard Kennedy, joins us to discuss the prominent legal challenges facing artists today and the shifting landscape of art law since he entered the field. Key listening for any practising artist, lawyer or anyone with an interest in this rapidly shifting landscape.

“There’s an incredible pressure on artists now to graduate fully formed and ready to go, in the market, having settled on what it is they are going to make art about and how that work is going to look. In that high pressured environment, artists are quite vulnerable to listening to the wrong person or signing the wrong agreement.”

Intellectual property’s relationship with contemporary art has long been a complex one, a complexity only furthered by the rapid acceleration of digital technology. 

So, what are the key priorities for lawyers working in this field? And how do artists best protect themselves and their work, in an increasingly shifting market?


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About the Guest

Jon Sharples is a commercial IP and art lawyer who specialises in helping clients leverage and protect their intellectual property.

Jon is an Associate in the Intellectual Property & Commercial team. He advises clients across the creative industries on intellectual property, commercial contracts and disputes.

As a solicitor, Jon is known for his expertise in the art world. He advises on litigation and dispute resolution involving art and the art market, as well as on agreements and collaborations involving artists and their estates, galleries, collectors, auction houses, art professionals, new platforms and institutions.

Jon's advice is highly sought after and helps create the conditions in which experimental art practices can thrive, from challenging media such as performance and installation, to new technologies including NFTs, VR, AR and AI. (Noted from Howard Kennedy).

About the Host
Riah Pryor is an investigative journalist and author specialising in the relationship between art and law, supported by her experience working at New Scotland Yard's Art and Antiques Unit. She previously worked at The Art Newspaper as Art Market Assistant Editor and continues to write for them on a freelance basis, in addition to report writing and editorial consultancy for a range of art market clients.
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