IAA Europe launches its campaign on exhibition remuneration in Europe on World Art Day 15 April 2019 to advocate fair exhibition remuneration for all European visual artists! #paytheartistnow #exhibitionremuneration
Unlike other art disciplines, remuneration for artistic work is still not a common practice in the visual arts. In most countries visual artists are not being paid for creating works of art and showing them to the public. Neglecting to pay artists reflects the traditional assumption that visual artists typically get paid by selling their artworks, which has long been obsolete in most art institutions.
To get paid is the most obvious and common reason for people to work - we usually don’t even question the premise. But the question “Are you the artist?” is often followed up by “but, can you make a living from your art?”. A fair question, because the answer is: probably not.
Even renowned and successful visual artists showing their work in prominent galleries and museums do not get paid to exhibit their works of art. The system is still based on the faint hope that recognition will be enough to give the artist more market value for selling the artworks in the future. But for many artists that is not going to happen. Still, their works of art are in fact the very reason for most people to visit museums and galleries in the first place. For creating this essential value in our society, that keeps our senses sharpened, and for giving new perspectives to thousands of people every year, the artist should get paid.
Remunerating visual artists – just as others are being paid for their work in the arts and in all other economic fields – is an investment into the future of societies, into the social and economic development of countries and into region’s cultural institutions. Making art within fair terms will allow artists to show their full potential, which will ultimately benefit all visitors and exhibitors.
Spread the Position Paper on exhibition remuneration by IAA Europe.
Translate it into your language and we will be glad to publish it in as many languages as possible.
View the 60-page handout on already existing exhibition remuneration models in Europe.
Read the documentation of the Brussels Symposium “Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe 2018” as well as presentations of the speakers.
Support the goal of a better and fair payment to visual artists all throughout Europe for the exhibition of their artworks. Find the short information text on the campaign here.
• Campaign hashtags #paytheartistnow and #exhibitionremuneration
• Campaign logo large and small – use the logo with a reinforcement message: Pay the artist now! #exhibitionremuneration | #paytheartistnow in your email signatures, as your social media profile or on your website…
• Campaign stickers – for facebook and twitter
• Document Position Paper
On 21 and 22 March 2019, the Culture Action Europe (CAE) Members Forum took place in Brussels. In view of the European elections, the members exchanged views on their regional implementation of the CAE European Election Campaign. The common goal is the best possible positioning of cultural interests in a new EU Parliament from the second half of 2019.
Likewise, ideas and wishes for the new EU Creative Europe program after 2020 were discussed. Parallel to the negotiations for the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the individual programs of the EU will be reorganized. The issue of mobility of cultural workers received special support here and the call for an appropriate definition and positioning of cultural education in the final drafts of the new Creative Europe program.
Another role was played by structural issues of Culture Action Europe. Internal networking was discussed in thematic or regional working groups, the so-called "hubs". The CAE Board also presented the current Culture Action Europe Strategy Paper with thematic focus:
• Reorientation of EU programs relevant to the cultural sector and negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU 2021-2027
• Working conditions in the cultural sector in Europe, with a particular focus on income conditions and the social protection of artists and the conditions for international mobility of cultural workers in Europe and beyond.
• Freedom of expression and cultural rights, with the elaboration of the legal framework at national level as well as corresponding regulations at EU level.
• Artistic and cultural research, in particular the so-called STEAM Practices, which stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and put the added value of today's artistic practices in research and development forward.
The first plans for the CAE annual conference Beyond the Obvious were also presented, which will take place from 23 to 26 October 2019 at the German-Swiss border near Konstanz / Kreuzlingen.
The documentation of the symposium “Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe 2018“ that took place in Brussels last November is now available. Please find it here (pdf).
Also make sure to to gain a deeper insight into national/regional regulations and campaigns for exhibition remuneration and exhibition fees in Europe, in the USA, Canada, and Australia: A broschure with inputs from 15 countries can be downloaded here (pdf).
The issue of exhibition remuneration has been an important topic for artists' associations throughout Europe for years. The symposium – organized by the IAA Europe, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK), the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA) on November 22, 2018 in Brussels – facilitated an exchange on national and regional remuneration models that have already been successfully put into practice, also guidelines and campaigns were presented. It was an important goal to draw attention to the 'equity gap' that exists in the visual arts.
IAA Europe's General Assembly 2018 took place on November 23, 2018, in Brussels. The Meeting saw elections of a new IAA Europe President and a new Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee members for a 3-year term are (as shown on the picture):
Stelios Panagiotopoulos - Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (IAA NC Greece)
Edita Utariene (on the picture: Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė) - Lietuvos Dailininku Sajunga (IAA NC Lithuania)
Hilde Tørdal - Norske Billedkunstnere NBK (IAA NC Norway)
Maria Moroz - Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków ZPAP (IAA NC Poland)
Andrea Křístek Kozárová, Vice-President - Slovenská výtvarná únia (IAA NC Slovakia)
Werner Schaub, President - Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste IGBK (IAA NC Germany)
Teemu Mäki - Suomen Taiteilijaseura (IAA NC Finland)
Anders Werdelin, Treasurer - Billedkunstnernes Forbund BKF (IAA NC Denmark)
Pontus Raud (not on the picture) - Konstnärernas Riksorganisation KRO (IAA NC Sweden)
The Meeting was linked with the symposium "Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe" on November 22, 2018,organized by the IAA Europe, IGBK, the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA). Please find further information below.
The issue of exhibition remuneration has been an important topic for artists' associations and initiatives throughout Europe for years. The symposium "Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe" took place on November 22, 2018, in Brussels. It presented existing guidelines and campaigns; in addition, an exchange took place on national and regional models that have already been successfully put into practice.
Important goal of the symposium: to make policy and administration aware of the subject of exhibition remuneration at EU level and to draw attention to the "equity gap" that exists in the visual arts. The programme of the symposium is availble here (pdf).
Participants received an extensive brochure with inputs from 12 European countries as well as from the USA, Canada and Australia on national/regional regulations and campaigns for exhibition remuneration and exhibition fees. You can download it here (pdf).
A documentation of the symposium was prepared by IGBK and David Callahan, ready for download from here (pdf).
The symposium was organized by the IAA Europe, IGBK, the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA). Sabine Verheyen (MEP), Member of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament acted as patroness for the event. Further partners were Culture Action Europe and the German Initiative Ausstellungsvergütung.