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.
Artists should be paid for any work they carry out – and, to begin with, a payment initiative should be created to support exhibiting in publicly funded galleries and museums. (Utstillingshonorar). Norwegian artists are now also re-negotiating the agreement they have with the state, regarding ‘compensation payments’ for showing works of art. Currently this is a kind of rental-agreement, meaning that the artist receives a remuneration for the time any artwork, owned by the artist, is on display in a public space (utstillingsvederlag). The Norwegian Ministry of Culture launched a short term pilot remuneration project in 2013, that will run until October 2016 – the project will then be evaluated. We will await to hear the results of the evaluation and how the initiative will proceed.
More information is available in Norwegian.
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