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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.

  • Sweden: In 2009, the Swedish government adopted the MU agreement for remuneration to artists for the display of work – binding all public institutions with an exhibiting role. Upgraded in 2014.   Sweden
  • Norway: Government pilot programme agreed to finance 12 art institutions to test a new exhibition remuneration structure. Artist survey results to be released early 2015 to outline artist economic situation.   Norway
  • Finland: At end of 2014, Artists’ Association of Finland received funding from Ministry of Education & Culture to develop an exhibition payment agreement – a working group consisting of artists and management associations have begun discussions.   Finland
  • Iceland: Initial positive meetings between Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and Icelandic National Galleries, but unable to bring Ministry of Culture to discussions. New working group will resume discussions in 2015.   Iceland
  • Scotland: Current Creative Scotland guidelines on exhibition payments, but no specific agreements. Due to reorganisation of Creative Scotland (CS), no further specific sector decisions were taken in 2014. Scottish Artist Union carried out 3rd annual artist review to support economic arguments. In late 2014 CS adopted SAU rates of pay guide lines for new project funding applications review. SAU and CS to meet in 2015 to discuss a review of specific exhibition remuneration guidelines.   Scotland
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian Artists’ Association beginning discussions with artist groups and galleries. Using model from Sweden and Scotland to develop artist surveys to gather economic argument.   Lithuania

A brief update on each of the Second Group countries:

  • England: Arts Council England currently supports exhibition payment guidelines, but no specific agreements. a-n/AIR leading a national Paying Artists campaign aimed at adapting Arts Council policy through guidance to assessment officers, good practice case studies, adoption of transparency in curatorial policy and artist activism & training.   UK
  • Germany: Due to limited progress with this issue on a national government levela number of cultural Federal initiatives have been set up regarding exhibition payment rights. This has initiated the Federal Association of Visual Artists to publish guideline documents for remunerations and contract drafting. In 2015 IGBK will discuss a project to carry out a series of artist surveys and discussion seminars.   Germany
  • Switzerland: Visarte defends Switzerland’s visual artists on both political and social levels – it is at an early stage on this issue, but will discuss devising an awareness campaign in parallel with an artist survey in 2015.
  • Slovakia: No specific legislative tools in place. But now Slovak Union of Visual Arts becoming a respected partner of Ministry of Culture to suggest new draft agreements – including Strategy for Development of Culture 2014-20. The Slovak Union intends to develop a strategy in 2015 with international support and surveys to better explain the current cultural situation of the artist.   Slovakia
  • Latvia: The Council of Creative Unions of Latvia is at an early stage devising an awareness campaign in parallel with an artist survey to then develop guidelines – start 2015.   Latvia

Article originally published in January 2015.

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