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Artist Contracts with Jack Ky Tan

9 February 2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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As you develop your creative career as an artist/creative producer, it’s important to know what you are getting yourselves into when collaborating and working with Arts and heritage organisations. One of the ways of doing this is to understand the contracts you are signing, how to safeguard yourself and your artistic and creative practice and importantly development of your creative agency.


Join Artist Jack Ky Tan as he takes you through what a contract is, how to read one, write, how to develop your own contract, negotiate and to build agency in addressing your needs as a creative.

What you will get from this workshop:

  • Deeper understanding of how creative/artist contracts work
  • How to write and construct your own contract that takes into consideration your access and artistic needs
  • Develop your negotiation skills
  • How to write accessibility and needs riders as part of your contract
  • How to advocate for your rights
  • Development of not only your artistic agency but your creative entrepreneurship
  • How to navigate the arts and heritage industry

Jack Ky Tan (b.1971, Singapore) is an interdisciplinary artist based in the UK. Working across, performance, sculpture, law and policy-making, his practice is an ongoing exploration of social justice that blurs the boundaries between, art, law, governance, and consultancy. Looking toward alternative cosmologies and knowledge systems that predate Judaeo-Christian or colonial narratives, Tan interrogates the legacies of colonialism with a particular interest in Commonwealth and Tropical epistemologies of resistance. By questioning how embedded societal structures form our laws and guide our behaviour, Tan’s work attempts to rethink our entanglement with the human and more-than-human world, and looks towards alternative ways of living and working.


Tan originally studied and trained in law [LL.B (Hull), MA Social Justice(UCL)] and worked in British civil rights NGOs before obtaining a BA(Hons) in Ceramics at Harrow/Westminster University and an MA at the Royal College of Art. Jack then completed a practice-led PhD at Roehampton University where he explored legal aesthetics and performance art through his works Karaoke Court and Voices From The Courts. He has taught MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and MA Politics & Art at Goldsmiths.


This workshop will be held online via zoom. The link will be sent to those who have booked on to the session. If you have any questions about the workshop, or any accessibility needs please contact Dianna Djokey (Artist Support Manager) dianna.djokey@artesmundi.org


This programme is part of the Held Space (Welsh BIPOC Artist Network) with Artes Mundi.