Art in Law in Art Conference 2017

The Art in Law in Art Conference will be held in the beautiful Perth Cultural Centre at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 4 – 5 July 2017.

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The Art in Law in Art Conference will be held in the beautiful Perth Cultural Centre at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 4 – 5 July 2017.

Hosted by The University of Western Australia Law School, Art in Law in Art is an interdisciplinary conference examining how law sees visual art and how visual art sees law. The conference will be an exciting mix of different perspectives from international experts on the art-law nexus, as scholars, practitioners and artists come together and exchange ideas.

Conference themes

The Conference has two main themes. The first explores how art is perceived in the many different areas of law touching on art. The second examines how law is perceived in the theory and practice of visual art.

Call for papers

Call for Papers [PDF, 128.4 KB]
Updated 22 Mar 2017


Keynote speakers

Desmond Manderson

Desmond Manderson

Professor Desmond Manderson is jointly appointed in the ANU Colleges of Law and of Arts & Social Sciences at the Australian National University and foundation Director of the Centre for Law, Arts, and the Humanities. He is an international leader in inter-disciplinary legal scholarship and his books include From Mr Sin to Mr Big (1993); Songs Without Music: Aesthetic dimensions of law and justice (2000); Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law (2006); and Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law (2012).

After 15 years at McGill University, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Law and Discourse and was foundation Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, Manderson returned to Australia in 2012. With the support of an ARC Future Fellowship, his recent work includes pioneering research on legal themes in the work of a wide range of artists including Bruegel, Turner, Klimt, Cauduro, Bennett and Reynolds. Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies and Critique has just been published by University of Toronto Press. His major work in this area, Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts, will be published by Cambridge University Press later in 2017.

Carey Young

Carey Young

Carey Young is a visual artist based in London, whose work centres on the relationships between the body, language and systems of power. Since 2003 she has developed a number of artistic works that are also functional legal instruments. While taking diverse forms including video, sculpture, photography, performance and installation, these works have explored many areas of legal knowledge and practice such as contracts, intellectual property, inheritance law and the legal frameworks relating to outer space.

Young’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2013), The Power Plant, Toronto (2009), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009) and group shows at Aspen Art Museum (2016), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2015), Tate Liverpool (2014-15), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), New Museum, New York (2011) and Tate Britain (2009–10), amongst many others. Works in public collections include Tate Gallery, Arts Council England, Kadist Art Foundation, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and Centre Pompidou. A monograph on her work, Subject to Contract, was published by JRP | Ringier in 2013.

Young teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Dallas Museum of Art staged a solo exhibition of her work, which opened in February 2016.

The Conference experience

  • transportTransport

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  • accommodationAccommodation

    Experience the heart of the Cultural Centre.

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  • planned social activitiesPlanned social activities

    The Conference will include several social activities for networking with peers.

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  • field tripsConference venue

    The Art Gallery of Western Australia, just a short walk from Perth’s city centre

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If law as social phenomenon only can exist as law through its visual and material representations, one needs to study the different relationships law maintains with them as well as the different perceptions of law that are sedimented in its various representations.

Dahlberg, L. (2012). Visualizing Law and Authority: Essays on Legal Aesthetics. Berlin: De Gruyter

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