Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Paying artist launches

The Paying artists campaign and website was launched on Monday, and has already gained lots of 
well-deserved support. If you would like to add your own support to the campaign, follow this link

The website contains a concise and comprehensive report about the need to support artists, case studies of galleries showing good practice, information about what change is needed and how to support the campaign.

Here is the foreword to the report:

Without artists there is no art.Artists are the innovators from which great art emerges and on which our society’s well-being depends.

It is through artists’ ideas, experiments and ingenuity that creative ideas and products
are made manifest.Art by its nature presents a wide range of levels of engagement and participation for people and audiences.Artists thrive on such engagement as an essential ingredient to feed what is their continuous, life-time’s dedication to a creative practice.

The world is always looking for new ways of seeing.Art practice – the collective performance of art making between materials, artists, artworks, galleries and people -
is an inter-disciplinary reflexive process that enables us all to rethink and re-imagine our realities, which creates cultural value.

Paying artists is about transforming opportunities for artists, galleries, funders and policy- makers alike. In removing the financial barriers faced by many artists, it will give publicly- funded galleries – and the public themselves – access to quality art which covers the spectrum of human experience.

It will bring value to the investment of all who fund the arts by encouraging and enabling diversity and equality of opportunity for all artists now and in the future. In doing so,
it will play a direct role in ensuring we retain our reputation here for supporting creative talent and delivering world-class art.

Now is the time to demonstrate in the arts how much we value art and value artists.
By working together to define and adopt practical steps and frameworks for good practice, we can safeguard and strengthen the symbiotic relationship visual artists have with publicly-funded institutions and with the communities and audiences they collectively serve.

a-n The Artists Information Company / AIR Artists Interaction and Representation

May 2014

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