Art Market Guidelines

Please note RAM Initiative guidelines suggest best practice.
They have no legal effect and do not constitute legal advice.
Art Businesses are responsible for complying with legal obligations in the jurisdiction(s) where they operate and must take their own legal advice in this respect.
Art Businesses who wish to support the RAM Initiative should consult the RAM Support Manifesto below.


RAM Support Manifesto

The Responsible Art Market Initiative (“RAM”) is a not for profit initiative which exists to raise awareness amongst art businesses of risks faced by the art industry and to provide practical guidance and a platform for the sharing of responsible practices (already existing in the art market) to address those risks.

RAM publishes practical guidelines and other materials on this web page (together the “RAM Guidelines”) and makes these available for download free of charge.

The RAM Guidelines do not constitute legal advice and RAM excludes any liability regarding the reference to or use of the RAM Guidelines and other materials. Art businesses are encouraged to consult with legal counsel of their choosing on the legal aspects of their operations and matters arising from this manifesto.

We welcome and encourage participation in RAM’s activities by art trade and other professionals regardless of size or geography and seek to provide a neutral, independent platform for fostering dialogue and the sharing of responsible practices.

RAM is not a certification or standards setting body and engagement with RAM and the RAM Guidelines (including by RAM Working Group members, RAM supporters and sponsors of RAM conferences), should not be considered certification or endorsement by RAM of these art professionals.

We welcome expressions of support for our work and activities in whatever form they may take.  By choosing to support the RAM Initiative and Guidelines, supporters undertake to adhere to the RAM Guidelines and endeavour to implement them in their activities wherever applicable.

RAM’s logo may only be used with our express prior permission and any reproduction of RAM Guidelines and materials (in whole or in part) should credit the RAM Initiative in full.