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Reykjavík City Council approve additional payments to Reykjavík Art Museum

Back in 2016 artists in Iceland launched a campaign to promote fair payment for their creative work. The We Pay Visual Artists Campaign was set up through the Association of Icelandic Artists (Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna, SÍM). At the core of the campaign is the Contribution Contract outlining the participation and support of artists in exhibitions drawn up through a working group of Icelandic cultural institutions.

An Icelandic representative was invited to be part of EARight’s original working group discussions on artist payments and a key reference point for the group has been the Swedish MU contract. The MU contract, as discussed at our original workshops, has been the basis of comparable contracts in Norway and Denmark, and has been referred to in the initial research of the Paying Artists campaign in the UK.

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Reform for Exhibition Fees in Norway – Pilot Project 2014-2018

The Norwegian government is currently investigating a reform that aims at paying artists for their work with exhibitions and has the potential to become the biggest investment in the artist economy in the country since the 1970s.

The state pilot project is now under review and it will be decided whether exhibition fees will be a permanent scheme on the state budget from 2019. A reference group consisting of representatives from artist organisations and 24 museums and gallery venues has followed the pilot project and contributed to the evaluation.

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Danish artists’ income – Hvad tjener en kunstner?

Fra Dansk Kunstnerråds Nyhedsbrev: I marts stillede Socialistisk Folkeparti et beslutningsforslag i Folketinget om en udredning af kunstnernes økonomiske vilkår.

Mange skabende og udøvende kunstnere er udfordret økonomisk, men den seneste redegørelse for kunstnernes økonomiske vilkår er fra 1997 – og kan derfor med rette betegnes som forældet. Dansk Kunstnerråd er derfor meget positiv overfor, at der netop er blevet stillet et beslutningsforslag til Folketinget om en udredning af kunstneres sociale og økonomiske forhold. Læs beslutningsforslaget.  

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Exhibition payment in Norway

In Norway, as in many European countries, artists do not receive payment for preparing and setting up an exhibition. This situation needs to change and the campaign #utstillingsavtalen will hopefully contribute to this.

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Paying Artists consultation session

The Paying Artists Campaign was launched two years ago by a-n/AIR with the aim of securing payment for artists when they exhibit in publicly funded galleries.

Over the last 18 months a-n/AIR has consulted a wide range of galleries, museums, exhibition spaces, funders and artists in the UK and learned a great deal about the diversity of the visual arts sector and the variables that affect fee negotiations. The progress and research summaries are available on the Paying Artists website.

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A steady stream of good news from WAGE. We receive a regular update from Working Artists and the Greater Economy in New York with information about organisations that are being W.A.G.E. certified across the U.S. 

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