a-n/AIR have brought together organisations across the UK that have a national remit or sector specific expertise to form the group. It will engage with the next development of the Exhibition Payment Guide and support its implementation through their networks.
a-n published the first edition of the Exhibition Payment Guide in October 2016 following a two year sector-wide consultation that took place as part of the Paying Artists campaign which aims to secure payment for artists when they exhibit in publicly funded galleries.
The guide, which is endorsed by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales, sets out best practice for establishing and agreeing exhibition payments for artists with suggested payments ranging from £150 to £6,000.
There are over 150 publicly funded galleries in England, Scotland and Wales but until now there has been no widely agreed guidance as to how much artists should be paid for creating the work shown within their changing exhibition programmes. The guide is a vital first step in ensuring the sustainability of the arts ecology, but it is a first step only.
a-n is committed to developing the guidance, and to supporting its implementation through further research and partnership working over the next five years.
In the autumn the Paying Artists Working Group will meet for the first time. The group, which also includes AD:UK, Crafts Council, Engage, Museums Association, Plus Tate, SCAN and Visual Artists Ireland will work with a-n and their networks to contribute to the development and implementation of future iterations of the Exhibition Payment Guide, and to review the Exhibition Payment Framework in 2022.
Artists, to be recruited from an open call later in the year, will also share an important and constructive role as artist representatives in the Working Group.
Gordon Dalton, Network Manager, VASW / Interim Director, CVAN said:
“CVAN is very pleased to support the Paying Artists campaign, and advocates for a better understanding and perception of artists and their working lives. It is a much overused mantra from organisations that artists are at the heart of what they do, yet they are valued so poorly in both their actual influence and economic worth.”
More information on the Paying Artists campaign can be found here.