Andrea Wallace

Andrea is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. She has a PhD in Cultural Heritage Law from the University of Glasgow with the CREATe RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy in partnership with the National Library of Scotland. Andrea previously received an LLM in European Business Law from Radboud University in the Netherlands, a JD from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a registered attorney with the Illinois State Bar in the United States.

Research Interests

Andrea explores legal issues surrounding copyright, cultural institutions, and the public domain. Her research considers the impact of digital technologies on the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of cultural heritage and the obstacles and opportunities presented by the digital realm. She frequently writes and presents on open culture and the impact that a claim to copyright in reproductions has on meaningful access to and reuse of cultural heritage in the public domain.

Recently, Andrea completed the Display At Your Own Risk project, a research-led exhibition experiment featuring digital surrogates of public domain works made available by cultural institutions around the world. Her work has been written about by Hyperallergic and curated in the group exhibition No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Andrea is currently working on a new resource called the Copyright Cortex, which catalogues material about copyright and digital cultural heritage to provide the GLAM sector with scholarly commentary, practical guidance, and real world case studies all in one place.

Select Outputs

M. Pavis and A. Wallace. “Response to the 2018 Sarr-Savoy Report: Statement on Intellectual Property Rights and Open Access relevant to the digtiization and restitution of African Cultural Heritage and associated materials.” DOI

A. Wallace. “Mona Lisa.” In A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects, edited by Claudy Op den Kamp & Dan Hunter. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Top 10 Finalist, 2017 Rijksstudio Award. Pixel and Metadata Dress. Rijksmuseum, 2017.

A. Wallace and R. Deazley (eds). Display at Your Own Risk: an experimental exhibition of digital cultural heritage. CREATe, 2016.

R. Deazley and A. Wallace (eds). Copyright and Cultural Memory: Digital Conference Proceedings. CREATe Working Paper Series, 2016.

A. Wallace and R. Deazley. Display At Your Own Risk, 2016.

Select Conference Appearances

“Display At Your Own Risk & Examining Multiples: Mona Lisa,” Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 4-5 May 2018.

Keynote: “Access and the Digital Surrogate: Openness as a philosophy,” National Digital Forum Conference, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 20-21 November 2017.

Performance Art and Copyright,” Art and Performance, National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, 30 September 2017.

Keynote: “Policies and Practices in Sharing Culture: Do it for the Users,” Sharing is Caring, Museum für Kunst und Gewerve Hamburg, Germany, 21 April 2017.

Select Media Appearances

M. Pavis and A. Wallace, “Tread carefully when repatriating art to Africa”, The Times, 29 April 2019

I. Macquisten, “UK museums’ right to charge image fees is called into question,” Art Newspaper, 28 November 2017.

C. Voon, “From Biblical Condoms to Blue Tile Contact Lenses, Putting the Rijksmuseum Collection to Unusual Uses,” Hyperallergic, 24 March 2017.

C. Voon, “How User-Friendly Are Museum Image Rights?,” Hyperallergic, 10 June 2016.

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Keynote Presentation at the 2017 New Zealand National Digital Forum at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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