Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries Presents: Law & Order: Art Law, Copyright, and Crime Prevention in Collections

Join Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries for our second online professional development workshop of 2021-2022.



Date: January 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

A painting in a gallery’s collection is not just a painting. It is connected to legal procedures, copyright laws, cultural laws, and has a much deeper history that a member of the general art viewing public would not necessarily be aware of. Art galleries and museums are bound to laws and regulations in all aspects of their collection, including copyright, intellectual property and reproduction rights. This workshop will be an in-depth course in art and cultural law, geared towards art gallery and museum professionals. This workshop will also feature case studies about legal ownership and procedures for returning stolen artwork. At the end of the sessions, participants will have the ability to ask one-on-one questions and receive guidance on specific issues at their institution.

*The information within this workshop is provided with the understanding that the presenters are not providing legal advice or services. As such, this workshop should not be used as a substitute for consultation.

Sessions will include:

  • Art and Cultural Property Law 101
  • Copyright Law , Reproduction Rights and Intellectual Property
  • Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection
  • Art and Ownership
  • Question and Answer Period


  • Barry Fong, Partner, Intellectual Property Lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


  • Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director, Art Canada Institute
  • Paul E. Bain, Partner at Dickson Wright LLP
  • Christine Braun, Collections Manager & Researcher, Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • J. Mark Collins, Sergeant, Ontario Provincial Police & Graduate of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA)
  • Erin Gurski, Copyright Specialist

More details to be announced. Watch our website and social media, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for more information!


Complete the registration form HERE then email the completed registration form to – Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator,, with the subject line – ATTN: MAP – January 20, 2022


Single Day Workshop:
GOG Members: $150.00
General/Non-Members: $250.00
Artist / Independent Art Worker $55.00
Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

Registration includes access to supplementary materials and any additional activities. Registration fees are per one individual. No refunds will be possible after January 18, 2022.


Please reach out to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator, if you require any accessibility accommodations or have questions.


These workshops will all be held virtually via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.


GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.



Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries has over a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) and represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. For over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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Contact Information:
Kaelan Ryan
Communications Assistant
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
T: (416) 598-0714