Artist Speakeasy

> Censorship



IMAGE > Karla Dickens, My Mother’s Keeper [installation views], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.

Be bold


Did you know that a gallery in upstate New York was recently involved in a legal dispute to have a public art installation on the façade of its building recognised as art, and not illegal signage? Join a lively discussion in which our guest speakers explore the topic of censorship. 

Armed with real life examples, this conversation will consider the current legal frameworks and challenges of presenting new work in public spaces. Together, we will explore what information to provide visitors in relation to content and appropriate warnings and where to go for the best advice if you ever find yourself in hot water.

There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. Please be mindful, this is not a session to provide you with individual legal advice.

WHEN > Wednesday 10 March 2021
TIME  > 6PM to 7PM
VENUE > Zoom event
COST      > FREE, suitable for practicing visual artists and emerging arts industry professionals

+ RSVP for the FREE event


Alana Kushnir is an art lawyer and curator. She is the Director and Founder of Guest Work Agency, an art law and advisory firm and Guest Club, a membership network for emerging collectors and art lovers. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Serpentine Galleries’ R&D Platform Legal Lab, which explores how the law can better support collaborations across art, science and technology, and a sessional lecturer at The University of Melbourne, teaching subjects on curating, contemporary art and art law. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (Curating) from Goldsmiths, University of London, a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from The University of Melbourne.


Be brave

Owen Craven is the Director of New Business and Senior Curator at UAP Company and the Deputy Chair of Linden New Art. In his role as Director of New Business at UAP Company, Owen leads the business development team for Australia and the Middle East. As Senior Curator, he works closely with artists as they create work in response to specific projects and places. 

Owen has worked with a variety of clients including Lendlease, Mirvac, Investa, Dexus and ISPT developing strategies and artwork programs for public and private commercial and mixed-use spaces.  Prior to joining UAP, he was the Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Theory) from the University of Sydney.



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