The instigation and organisation of this project was created through the collaborative work of artists Chris Biddlecombe (Glasgow) and Guðrún Gísladóttir (Copenhagen). Both have a background in the support and development of artist working conditions and rights.
EARights endeavours to cooperate with other organisations in order to instigate a genuine Exhibition Payment Rights reform and encourage reforms in additional areas through collective artist bargaining. This goal can be achieved through cross-border networks and the exchange of information between artist groups and creative managers.
The first collaborative project investigating Artist Exhibition Fees in the Nordic region was conducted through the core group of:
- Chris Biddlecombe – Scottish Artists Union (SAU)
- Guðrún Gísladóttir – Federation of Icelandic Artists (BÍL)
- Johan Wingestad – Swedish Artists’ National Organisation (KIF/KRO)
- Hanna Ojamo – The Artists’ Association of Finland (STS)
- Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir – Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM)
- Hilde Rognskog – Norwegian Association of Visual Artists (NBK)
- Edita Utarienė – Lithuanian Artists’ Association (LDS)
Within this project, the core group was later supported by the additional input and investigations of a second group:
- Priska Streit – Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK), Germany
- Caroline Wright – a-n AIR (Artist Information Company) UK
- Eva-Maria Würth – Visarte, Switzerland
- Pavol Kral – Slovak Union of Visual Arts, Slovakia
- Inguna Irbe & Haralds Matulis – Artists’ Union of Latvia & Council of Creative Unions of Latvia
- Hilde Tørdal – Norwegian Association of Visual Artists (NBK)
Work on this project will continue to be investigated and reported through the core and second group.
All future projects will be instigated and developed by Chris and Guðrún, collaborating with specific members of this current artist network and other invited artist groups.