Legal Intersections #3: Intro to Artist Contracts

Legal intersections intro to artist contracts
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Legal Intersections #3: Intro to Artist Contracts

Wednesday September 25, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCADU, 3rd Floor, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul.

In this third installment of the Legal Intersections series, join Naomi Johnson, Associate Director at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Paul Sanderson, Barrister and Solicitor, Owner Sanderson Entertainment Law, to discuss the basics of contracts for artists and designers, including

• What is an agreement?
• The relationship between parties to an agreement
• Exhibition rights
• Assigning work(s)
• Commissions
• Employment agreements / consultants

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

ALAS will be collecting PWYC donations (with a suggestion of $10) to support their free services to the arts community. Feel free to ask questions and discuss challenges you have faced as a creator in the GTA.

Please note this event is taking place across the street from the Gallery at the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. 


Paul Sanderson, Barrister and Solicitor, Owner Sanderson Entertainment Law

Since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, Paul has been in private practice and has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively. He is currently a sole practitioner in the firm Sanderson Entertainment Law. Paul is the author of the legal texts “Musicians and the Law in Canada” (Carswell Legal Publication), now in its fourth edition, Music Law Handbook for Canada Volume I and II (Seraphim Editions) and Artists' Contracts: Agreements for Visual and Media Artists (CARFAC Ontario) now in its 3rd edition. As a visual artist, Paul began photographing after receiving his law degree in 1981. He has studied photography at Ryerson Polytechnic University with Henry Gordillo and Peter Lindsay has photographed throughout Canada, U.S., the Caribbean and Europe.


Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD University. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is a nonprofit that, for over 30 years, has provided free legal advice to artists living in Ontario. ALAS and its volunteers run a free legal clinic, workshops and provide resources for artists to help them better understand their legal questions. Find out more at

The Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives is a leading Canadian centre for research in art, and is free and open to the public. Learn more at

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