Following more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions. ADUK has supported the initiative and strongly urges all members to comply with the scheme.
At the official launch at Jerwood Space in London, Shonagh Manson, director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts, outlined why she supports the principles of Exhibition Payment: “By actively taking part in the [Paying Artists] research as a test organisation we’ve been taking a real forensic look at how we’ve been working with artists and how we’ve been paying them,” she said. “This framework has already helped us to focus, and we’ve found ways to increase some of our fee offers to artists even while having to cut our budgets overall.”
The guide outlines a set of suggested payments to artists (ranging from £150 to £6,000) as a fee for their contributions to publicly-funded exhibitions. It covers a wide range of exhibition scenarios along with guidance for implementation. The guidance is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. The culmination of extensive consultation and testing across the sector. It is a significant milestone in the journey to fair pay for artists. Download the Exhibition Payment Guide here