The Art Law Lab’s Dialogues Series aims to foster interdisciplinary exchange on the intersections between creative practice, the art market, cultural heritage, and various disciplines of law among Qatar’s artists, designers, curators, collectors, art dealers, auction houses, cultural institutions, the legal community, and members of the public.

In this inaugural Dialogues session, participants will focus on the perceptions of applicable legal frameworks related to creative practice from the perspectives of Qatar-based artists and designers. The panel discussion will take place on Sunday, August 28 from 12:15PM.

Some of the questions that will be addressed include:

  • Does creative practice have a role as an agent for social change in the Gulf?
  • How is creative practice affected by differing local and international interpretations of artists’ rights?
  • To what extent are actors in the Qatari artworld aware of the regulatory legal frameworks to create, sell, collect, and display works of art and design?
  • What are some of the challenges creative practitioners might face in relation to their rights and freedoms based on any special status?
  • To what extent are prevalent laws helpful devices in addressing these concerns?


The Dialogues Series is a public forum to facilitate open discussion. Audience members are welcome to join the conversation with the panelists.

Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: VCUarts Qatar, Education City, Atrium
Refreshments: Light lunch

Our panelists included Basma Hamdy (VCUarts Qatar), Nathan Davis (VCUarts Qatar), and Khalifa Obaidly (Fire Station and VCUarts Qatar).