Events > Arts & Law > Arts & Law Conference 2017: The Festival Edition – Taking Risks and Playing It Safe

Arts & Law Conference 2017: The Festival Edition – Taking Risks and Playing It Safe

23rd August 2017

09:00 - 12:00

Anderson Strathern, Edinburgh

Returning for a second year, Visiting Arts and Anderson Strathern bring together professionals from the arts and legal sectors for a lively and informative event during the Edinburgh Festivals, addressing the legal implications of international work and collaboration, intellectual property, and the digital landscape.For 2017 we explore the theme of festivals and discuss how to create the perfect balance of an inspiring and memorable programme with the right measures in place to support the smooth running for both organisers and participants.Meet and connect with professionals in both fields, and have the opportunity to ask any burning legal questions you have on the topic!

£8 early bird/ £10 standard

9.30 Welcome introduction

9.40 Preparation and Promotion – Fiona Killen, Parliament & Public Law, Anderson Strathern

10.00 Employment Status: Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors – Barry Nichol, Employment, Discrimination & Equality/Education, Anderson Strathern

10.20 Break

10.40 The Fringe Society: Open Access and Freedom of Expression – Lyndsey Jackson, Head of Operations, Fringe Society

11.00 Sonica Festival – Cathie Boyd, Artistic Director and Founder, Cryptic & Claire Moran, Producer, Cryptic

11.20 Panel open discussion with audience questions

Stay for networking with drinks and nibbles after the event.


Visiting Arts’ events during the Edinburgh Festivals 2017 are supported by Creative Scotland.



About the speakers

Fiona Killen, Parliament & Public Law, Anderson Strathern

Fiona heads Anderson Strathern’s Parliamentary and Public Law Unit. She is an expert in public law, human rights, statutory appeals, judicial reviews, parliamentary procedures, statutory interpretation, legislative drafting, public sector governance and education law. She is also has real strength and depth in freedom of information and data protection matters. Fiona is rated as a ‘leading individual’ in Parliamentary and Public Affairs and Administrative and Public Law by the legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. As a lead partner, Fiona works closely with major clients such as the Scottish Information Commissioner, Scottish Public Service Ombudsman and the Scottish Parliament.  She has acted in cases in the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court, dealing with statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Providing advice on statutory interpretation, Fiona acts for promoters of private legislation and also drafts legislation and governance instruments for numerous clients. These include educational institutions, chartered and professional bodies. Fiona’s exceptional and prestigious track record includes working in the Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament and US Senate. She is currently a member of the Law Society’s Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Freedom of Information and Data Protection Committees.


Barry Nichol, Employment, Discrimination & Equality/Education, Anderson Strathern

Barry’s is a Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in Employment Law. His employment law work has a focus on the charity and education sectors where he works closely with a number of independent schools, universities and charitable bodies. He provides practical employment advice to a wide variety of boards, public bodies and companies and regularly runs bespoke practical training on equality and employment law issues. Barry has practical experience of charity governance having served as Vice Chair of the board of a national performing arts charity.


Cathie Boyd, Founder and Artistic Director, Cryptic

An internationally respected director, producer and curator known for her ability to inspire others and her strong leadership of creative endeavour. With over 25 years of experience, Cathie is able to work across art forms: from opera to music; visual arts and film whilst being able to work at a strategic and project level skilfully negotiating her way through cultural policy and strategy, often working in new and unusual ways to achieve goals. Raised in Belfast, Ireland Cathie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and set up Cryptic in 1994 with the desire to create innovative performances that would ‘ravish the senses’ of international audiences. Her many years of artistic practice include numerous international commissions and collaborations which have been presented in over 25 countries. Cathie has been instrumental in providing a key platform for artists around the world by creating the Sonica festival in 2012 ( She also has much experience in working with new technologies for performance and was made a Fellow of NESTA in 2002 to develop the visual staging of live music. Awards include European Woman of Achievement for the Arts, Outstanding Young Person Award, Junior Chambers of Commerce and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First. Cathie is also a Board member of IETM.


Claire Moran, Producer, Cryptic

Claire studied Performing Arts, specialising in dance, at De Montfort University, Leicester in the UK, and on graduating moved into the field of arts management. Claire has led Cryptic on and off for 17 years, she joined in 1997 and was responsible for producing all of Cryptic’s works until 2002 and was instrumental in the production of art that toured across Europe, South America and Asia. She has also worked with a variety of theatres and cultural organisations in Scotland including the Arches, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Renfrewshire Arts, Renfrewshire Enterprise and Scottish Ballet producing arts events, conferences, festivals and education programmes. With Renfrewshire Arts Claire produced a variety festivals and events and was also Head of Quality and Development focusing on building the cultural capacity of the creative industries and voluntary sector within Renfrewshire whilst managing the department’s budget of over 1 million pounds. She re-joined Cryptic in 2005 with a view to developing the company and has over seen the move from music theatre company to producing art house. From 2000 – 2002 Claire was chairperson of Renfrewshire Dance Project and for the last four years has been chairperson of the board for Glasgow-based theatre company Vox Motus. Claire has been an active FST Step Up Mentor since 2013.


Lyndsey Jackson, Head of Operations, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Lyndsey Jackson is the Head of Operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, responsible for the business administration, finance, ticketing, legal, and governance.  Prior to joining EFFS Lyndsey was a general manager and producer, on large scale site specific theatre productions in Belfast (including the opening of the Titanic Belfast Centre), national touring of mid-scale theatre, and a broad range of youth and community engagement projects in deprived communities in Lincolnshire and the North East. A part qualified accountant, Lyndsey has considerable financial and management acumen and is responsible for ensuring EFFS is best placed financially and operationally to deliver its strategic objectives.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the organisation that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the greatest platform for freedom of expression, and the largest arts festival in the world. The founding principle at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to be an open access festival that accommodates anyone with a desire to perform and a venue willing to host them. No single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. The Fringe Society is the custodian of the Fringe’s core values of open access and freedom of expression.

(Image: Between Music’s Aquasonic, presented at Tramway, Glasgow from 26-28 Oct as part of Sonica 2017. Photo: Per Victor)