We encourage an environment in which artists and arts organisations can challenge the status quo, speak out on sensitive issues and tackle taboos.

Index currently runs workshops in the UK, publishes case studies about artistic censorship, and has produced guidance for artists on laws related to artistic freedom in England and Wales.

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Risks, Rights and Reputations: Challenging a risk averse culture

Risks, rights and reputations: Challenging a risk averse culture

Risks, Rights and Reputations takes on our increasingly risk averse culture. This vital training for CEOs and chairs of trustee boards is aimed at ensuring arts and cultural organisations across the country have the tools to handle difficult subjects and sensitive stories to deliver the best work possible.

The training will be lead by a freedom of expression specialist from Index on Censorship, a creative producer from Maslaha, a leading fundraising consultant from Cause4 and a public order and public safety officer from the College of Policing.

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Guides to the law on free expression and the arts in England and Wales

Child Protection

Child protection is a sensitive area of law and a deserved focus of public concern.  The prospect of a police investigation alone will be a matter of substantial press interest, while an actual prosecution, although unlikely in the professional arts sector, would nevertheless result in grave consequences for the gallery and the artist.

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Art and the Law: Child Protection

Counter Terrorism

Counter-terrorism is a complex and controversial area of the law, not least because the offences are often very widely drafted. The relevant legal definition of terrorism, contained within the Terrorism Act 2000 (and further extended in 2006), is very broad and potentially covers a very wide range of acts beyond those that are widely understood to be “terrorist” in nature.

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Art and the Law: Counter Terrorism

Obscene Publications

Obscene publications are governed by the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and the Obscene Publications Act 1964. The 1959 Act sets out the legal test for obscenity and creates certain offences and defences.

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Art and the Law: Obscene Publications

Public Order

Public order law is complicated and its application to any particular case will be fact-specific. It should be borne in mind that much of this area of law – in particular breach of the peace – is governed by the common law. Common law, also referred to as case law, is made by judges and developed in the cases that come before the court over time.

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Art and the Law: Public Order

Race and Religion

UK law criminalises conduct that has the intent of stirring up racial hatred or hatred on grounds of religion or sexual orientation.

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Art and the Law: Race and Religion