Paying Artists aims to secure payment for artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries

The Paying Artists Campaign was launched in 2014 in response to the needs of a-n the Artists Information Company’s members to secure payment for artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries. In that time, we have consulted nearly 2,000 individuals – artists, curators, funders, arts producers, museums, galleries, local authorities and other public commissioners. There has been great support and willingness from all corners of the sector to help shape and see guidance put into practice. The Paying Artists Working Group was established in 2018 to implement and develop the guide over the next four years.

”It's only fair that artists should be paid for their work, when everyone else in the room is being paid for their time.” Jeremy Deller

Exhibition Payment Guide

a-n’s Exhibition Payment Guide provides sectoral advice for establishing and agreeing exhibition payments for the benefit of the whole sector; for organisations to establish best practice, for artists to sustain their careers and so that audiences can see art that reflects the full spectrum of human experience.


Quick guides – to negotiation, contracts, exhibition agreement, budgets – and other resources provide detail on practical ways to apply the core principles and support implementation of a-n’s Exhibition Payment Guide.

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