Friday, January 23, 2015

How Should Artists be Paid? One Idea is to be Paid for Showing Work

By Anny Shaw and Rachel Corbett

In the UK and the US, a labour debate is growing over how artists should be compensated for showing their work in public institutions. Meanwhile, for the first time from 2015, Arts Council England (ACE) is asking national portfolio organisations to demonstrate their commitment to paying artists fairly. The campaign is lobbying for artists to be paid a fee for showing their work in public galleries. It found that 71% of UK artists have not been paid to display their work in publicly funded galleries over the past three years and 63% of artists have turned down exhibitions as a result. [link]