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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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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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MU / the Swedish EPR agreement

In 2009, the Swedish government adopted a new agreement for remuneration to artists for the display of work. The MU agreement – a ‘participation and exhibition remuneration agreement’ – which covers payment to artists for display of work, as a kind of ‘rent’. This is additional to other kinds of financial compensation for an exhibition, such as transport, installation, publication, etc. The agreement makes it clear that all work the artist undertakes at exhibitions – before, during and after the show – is to be governed by a written contract and remunerated outside the framework of the exhibition fee.

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Other existing EPR structures

Beyond the specific exhibition payment models outlined through the project group countries – in particular the Swedish and Norwegian models – there are also a number of other international structures in place or in development.

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Exhibition payment rights – project findings

A brief update on each of the Core Group countries in the the Exhibition Payment Rights project, link to the post about the Swedish MU agreement and links to an outline of the situation in each country. Both the core group and the 2nd group.

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KRO vs The Swedish Embassy in Japan

Recent news of a legal dispute caused by an avoidance to use the MU agreement.

Five Swedish artists were recently asked to exhibit work at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. Having already bought their tickets from Sweden to Japan they were contacted by the Swedish Embassy to be informed that there was a possibility the exhibition would not take place. It is believed that this was because they would have to remunerate the artists according to the MU-agreement, and they had not allowed for this cost in their budget.

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