A contract is an agreement between two or more people that is legally binding. It can be verbal or written. This guide by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharp outlines the essential ingredients of a contract, offer and acceptance, and implied terms.
Nicholas Sharp is a solicitor who has advised visual artists on legal matters, especially contracts for many years. He was special adviser to the Arts Council's Percent for Art Steering Committee on Contracts for Public Art Commissions in 1990 and author of the a-n Visual Arts Contracts series. He is a Board member of a-n The Artists Information Company, the founder director of The Multiple Store and a consultant with London-based law firm Swan Turton www.swanturton.com
Sheena Etches is a freelance arts consultant and researcher and has been project coordinator for the consultation and updating of the a-n Visual Arts Contracts and checklists and the associated Practical guides.