Chris Sutherns


Chris Sutherns is a licensing and intellectual property executive and practicing photographer with over ten years of experience across the heritage, academic and commercial sectors. Having worked at the V&A and the British Museum prior to his current role within Tate Images, he combines his practice-led approach to content creation with legal best-practice advice for management, use and reach of cultural content.

Chris works with varied external clients and internal stakeholders to ensure that cultural material is readily available for diverse projects while maximising opportunities for revenue generation within a fair, consistent and balanced framework. Chris also provides guidance to users and colleagues in areas of intellectual property law, including copyright ownership, risk management, fair dealing, freedom of panorama and incidental inclusion exceptions and law in different jurisdictions. Since March 2020 Chris has been directly responsible for the launch and ongoing management of Tate Artist Copyright Service, a comprehensive copyright administration service offered to artists and estates whose works are either included with the Tate collections or who are synonymous with Tate’s exhibitions and displays programme.

As a member of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies’ Rights Group, Chris represents picture libraries within the cultural heritage sector. He holds a Diploma with Distinction in IP and Collections from the Institute of Art and Law, London.