Vancouver Mural Festival Event: Copyright, Street Art, & the Law


VMF, the grunt gallery x Artists’ Legal Outreach
Present a conversation featuring and real life stories and examples focusing on one of the trickiest subjects known to public and aerosol artists.

What’s in a Wall? Copyright, Street Art & The Law
Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 7th, 2018
The American, 926 Main St, Vancouver

Copyright and Street Art is a hot topic these days, especially in light of the recent legal case won by US artist Jason Williams and many other graffiti artists, where $6.7 Million USD was awarded in compensation for the building owner destroying the street art on the walls of his warehouse buildings dubbed 5pointz in New York City.


Martha Rans is the Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach ( An expert in copyright, she has presented to government and taught workshops and classes the next generation of artists and designers at post-secondary schools across Canada.

Brandon Gabriel – Kwelexwecten was born and raised on the Kwantlen First Nation Reserve in Fort Langley BC, Canada. He was educated in Cultural Anthropology, Visual Art, and Marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, then received his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art from the prestigious Emily Carr University of Fine Art and Design (2006). Brandon continued his studies in Indigenous Governance at the Justice Institute of BC (2012), and will be enrolling in the Vancouver Film School for Film Production in 2015. Brandon is a multi-talented contemporary mixed media artist who specializes in painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, architectural design concepts, public art installations, and photography.

Additional Artists TBD

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