‘Guys Hanging Out at the Lily Ponds’, 2018 © Rebecca Harper

ACS Studio Prize 2018 Winner

ACS has been educating emerging artists on their intellectual property rights through a series of talks and workshops designed to debunk the myths that surround copyright and the Artist's Resale Right since 2010.

Keeping up-and-coming artists informed as to how to protect their interests is a priority. With that in mind, the ACS team are delighted to have collaborated with a range of institutions, such as the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal West of England Academy, the Young Masters Art Prize, The Ingram Collection’s Young Purchase Prize, Glasgow Print Studio, Porthmeor Studios, Women in Art, and Turf Projects. ACS has also partnered with universities such as the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), Falmouth University, City & Guilds of London Art School, the University of Edinburgh, Kingston University and the University of the West of England, Bristol to give engaging talks on the finer points of artists’ rights management.


Over the years, ACS has found that many artists, both burgeoning and established alike, have not been sufficiently well informed as to how to protect their work and what their rights are. In today’s multi-media world it is especially important for artists to be as savvy as possible.

The Artist's Resale Right (ARR) and copyright provide an invaluable source of protection and income for artists across the world.

The ACS talks provide a practical guide that covers the nature of copyright, the works that copyright and ARR apply to, the practicalities of administering the royalties, contracts and copyright infringement. They also provide students with a number of simple ways that they can protect their work, as well as an introduction into image licensing and best practice for their future careers.

As a Community Interest Company, ACS strives to support the artistic community.

If at the end of the financial year any surplus income remains, it is legally locked into the company and used to benefit our member artists and the artistic community. Our talks demonstrate ACS’ commitment to being a force for good.


If you would like ACS to give a talk at your gallery or university, please contact a member of the team here.