Art and the Olympics Workshop Series

3 workshops focused on providing legal answers to artists practicing in the changing Olympic landscape.

Workshop 1: Running Rings Around Trade-marks
The Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act: Issues for Artists

Kimberly Baker, whose image of 5 shopping carts and the words Vancouver 2010 caught the eye of the city, related her experiences with VANOC, and the Olympic and Paralympic Trademark Act. She was joined by representatives from VANOC and members of the legal community to initiate a dialogue on the Act and its potential impact for artists.

October 21, 2008, 6:30 to 8 PM
Grunt Gallery, #116, 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Kimberly Baker, Visual Artist
Charles Hotel, Legal Counsel, VANOC
Bill Cooper, Director of Corporate Rights and Management, VANOC
David Wotherspoon, Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation, Fasken Martineau LLP
Moderator: Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach

Workshop 2: Making Art Public:
 Artists and the Law in Public Spaces

When Dennis Oppenheim’s Device to Root Out Evil was removed from a downtown landmark, the community reacted. For artists working in the public sphere, many potential legal issues can arise in the commissioning process: the integrity of work, liability for deterioration, maintenance and vandalism and many others. The ALO was joined by Alan Storey, creator of the Pendulum in the HSBC Building, and many involved in the commissioning of works in public spaces including artists, art consultants, architect. City and Parks Board members.

November 20, 2008, from 6:30 to 8 PM
Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street (Activity Room)
Sharon Kallis, Artist-in-Residence, Coal Harbour Community Centre
Alan Storey, Artist
Thom Weeks, Proscenium Architecture and Interior Design
Barrie Mowatt, Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Dennis Walz, Walz Lehan Lawyers
Oliver Kellhammer, Environmental Artist and Writer
Members of the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Park Board
Moderator: Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach

Workshop 3:  Legal Issues for Arts Organizations

The Olympics has brought with it some questions that some arts groups are struggling to address.  To get those questions answered, the ALO invited arts administrators to bring their questions to a speed – lawyering session where they had the opportunity to meet one on one with participating lawyers.

February 6, 2009, 1 to 3 PM
Arts Club Theatre, Upper Lobby, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC
Robert Galletti
Margaret Mason, Partner, Bull, Housser & Tupper
Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach
Denis Walz, Partner, Walz Lehan Lawyers

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