Legal and social statutes of artists in Europe – 30 years after the Velvet Revolution: Focus on the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the digital Single Market
On 22 and 23 November 2019 IAA Europe gathers for its 15th General Assembly in Bratislava at Gallery UMELKA, the building where citizens launched the civic movement Public Against Violence in November 1989, part of the so-called Velvet Revolution and helped to restore freedom and democracy in Slovakia.
The gathering and accompanying conference take place upon invitation of the Slovak Union of Visual Arts (SUVA); the conference will focus on the legal and social statutes of artists in Europe, more specifically on the national implementations of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
At its conference, IAA Europe will discuss the consequences the EU directive will have for visual artists and artists' associations in Europe, be it in EU member states or EFTA/EEA countries. What can be done to make sure the directive is being implemented in favour of the rights holders/artists, and more specifically of visual artists? The conference is very much about knowledge exchange, which becomes even more necessary after the adoption of the strongly discussed directive and with its national implementations ahead in the next years.
The conference is open to the public and free to access. Find out more about the conference programme here – programme (pdf).
Date: 22 November 2019
Venue: Gallery UMELKA, Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Dostojevskeho rad 2, Bratislava, Slovakia.
On 23 November 2019, the 15th General Assembly of IAA Europe will take place at Gallery UMELKA in Bratislava.
The General Assembly is hosted by the Slovak Union of Visual Arts and organised in cooperation with IGBK Germany.
CARFAC will be presenting a revised Fee Schedule for its members to vote on at its Annual General Meeting in September.
CARFAC has been recommending fees to be paid to artists since its inception in 1968. Payments include royalties for the exhibition and reproduction of an artist’s work, as well as various professional services fees. The CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule applies to visual and media artists and is widely recognized. The effectiveness and impact of the schedule is regularly evaluated. Over the last three years, CARFAC has been involved in consultation projects with artists and presenting institutions to make changes to the Fee Schedule that will improve labour conditions for artists and other independent cultural workers.
At the National Gathering in Vancouver on 27 and 28 September 2019, reports from these consultations will be shared before the changes go to a vote at the AGM.
Learn more about the changes (Fee Schedule Negotiations) and other very interesting discussions that will take place at CARFAC’s National Gathering 2019.
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.