Month by month summary of campaign achievements.

April – July 2018

A sector-wide Exhibition Payment Survey for artists and organisations ran from April – May to collect essential data and produce a benchmark for Exhibition Payment. The findings will be published in the Autumn.

In June the Paying Artists Working Group held its second meeting, discussing initial headline findings of the survey and firming up plans for a stakeholder meeting and focus groups to discuss Exhibition Payment in the contexts of commissions, collaborations and socially engaged practice.

Hannah Pierce attended Jamboree 2018 delivering a Pecha Kucha on the campaign and the Exhibition Payment Guide, which included best practice for artists.

January – March 2018

Dan Thompson spoke about Paying Artists at For Love and Money

Julie McCalden spoke about Paying Artists at Don’t Give Up the Day Job

The Paying Artists Working Group (PAWG) met for the first time to decide on the steps needed to implement and develop a-n’s Exhibition Payment Guide identifying commissioning and socially engaged practice as the priority for the year ahead

November – December 2017

Rita Deliperi highlights The Paying Artists campaign and Free Move Create in The Intelligence Brief. United Kingdom: state of the starving arts?

A new report Artists in technology sectors / technology in artists’ spaces highlights stats from PA research (p42-43).

September – October 2017

Published on PA: a-n to launch Paying Artists Working Group

Artist Rachael McLean confirmed as artist representative on the Paying Artists Working Group (PAWG), to join organization representatives: CVAN, SCAN, AD:UK, Crafts Council, engage, Museums Association, Plus Tate and Visual Artists Ireland.

Engage announces their participation in PAWG in their newsletter .

The Museums Association publishes Salary Guidelines, advising museums to ‘consult the Paying Artists Exhibition Payment Guide for information on artist pay’.

Invited by Dutch Culture, Paying Artists Project Manager Julie McCalden joined international representatives from EU countries to assess the new Dutch Fair Practice Code and share perspectives from the Paying Artists Campaign.

The University of Salford announces an exhibition of Visual Art degree show work stating that the graduates ‘have each received a small exhibition fee in line with the national Paying Artists campaign’.

July – August 2017

Key organisations, with a national or sector specific remit, have been invited to join the Paying Artists Working Group, to develop and implement the Exhibition Payment Guide over the next 5 years. Confirmed members include AD:UK, Crafts Council, Engage, Museums Association, Plus TATE and Visual Artists Ireland.

Rachel Maclean lends her support to the campaign

Sheffield City of Makers lists the campaign in its ‘visual artists toolkits’.

The campaign is reported on the Spanish artists union website – Unión de Artistas Contemporáneos de España UNIÓN A.C

a-n launches five-year Valuing Artists strategy

June 2017

Writing in his blog, Career Suicide, Alistair Gentry reflects on speaking about the campaign at the Post-Election Breakfast, part of a-n Assembly Bristol held at the Brunswick Club.

The Exhibition Payment Guide was introduced by a-n’s Executive Director Jeanie Scott at Ask a-n, at a-n Assembly Newcastle, held at Ampersand Inventions as well as a-n Assembly Leeds, at East Street Arts.

May 2017

a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott introduced the Exhibition Payment Guide at The curation process (or how do I get them to exhibit my work?) on 4 May at a-n’s Margate Assembly, held at Turner Contemporary.

Exhibition Payment Guidance for Museums working with Visual Artists published on Museum Development North West.

Exhibition payment guidance for Museums working with Visual Artists published in SHARE Museums East newsletter.

Artists Union England signpost to the campaign in their letter to Women’s Hour opposing their Craft Prize Exhibition which offers no fee.

March 2017

Julie McCalden discussed the Paying Artists campaign at the event ‘Your Rights / Don’t be Exploited‘, initiated by University of the Arts London Students Union, that took place on 7 March 2017 at Camberwell College of Arts.

February 2017

Paying Artists Project Manager Julie McCalden spoke about the campaign at the ‘Art is Not a Commodity: Examining Economic Exceptionalism in Art’ symposium, which took place at the ICA on 18 February 2017. See Laura Harris’ report for a-n News.

January 2017

The Margate launch of the Paying Artists Artist-led Manifesto is mentioned by artist Holly Slingsby in her City Column on Margate for issue 20 of Art Licks magazine.

December 2016

The Exhibition Payment Guide is featured on the Meadow Arts website.

November 2016

AIR Council member Pippa Koszerek attended and reports on the International Association of Art (IAA) Europe’s meeting and workshop on ‘Social Security and Mobility of Visual Artists in Europe’.

The Exhibition Payment Guide is featured in articles and news briefings in Art MonthlyCVAN, DACS and Frieze.

October 2016

a-n and AIR launch the Exhibition Payment Guide at Jerwood Space, London on 12 October with speeches from artist Jane Wilson, a-n Chair Jayne Knight, a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott, Director Jerwood Charitable Foundation Shonagh Manson and Joseph Young (AIR Council).

Arts Council of Wales feature Paying Artists on their website.

The Exhibition Payment Guide is featured in articles and news briefings in AD:ukArts Professional, European Artists’ Rights and Herald Scotland.

The Italian organisation R-set. Tools for Cultural Workers publish an interview with AIR Council member Joseph Young about the Paying Artists campaign.

September 2016

Jerwood Visual Arts’ Gallery Manager (2014-2015) Hannah Pierce mentions the Paying Artists Campaign in an interview with Jenny Judova for Art Map London, republished on FAD.

August 2016

a-n coordinates first meeting bringing together all the UK arts councils (Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, joined by Visual Artists Ireland) to discuss coordinated approach to fair payment for artists, within the context of a-n/AIR Exhibition Payment guidance.

Date set for launch of Exhibition Payment Guidance .

Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) refer to a-n’s sample day rates and the Paying Artists Campaign on their website.

European Artists’ Rights report on attending a Paying Artists consultation event.

Culture Action Europe supports the campaign.

July 2016

How We Got Here: summary and consultation report published by Paying Artists campaign. This marks the culmination of a two-year consultation process.

The How We Got Here report was featured in an article by Christy Romer in Arts Professional and republished by CVAN.

The Art Notes section of Art Monthly’s July/August edition takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the misguided ‘opportunity’ promoted by one of Sainsbury’s London stores and suggests that the company could ‘try something new today’ and sign up to the Paying Artists campaign.

Writing in The Double Negative following the results of the EU Referendum, a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott outlines the work that a-n and AIR Council are doing to advocate for the visual arts and encourages artists to use the Paying Artists Campaign Pack to approach MPs and opinion formers.

June 2016

Feminist arts zine, Artificial Womb feature an article about the Paying Artists campaign in their June issue.

May 2016

a-n News published two stories about a Sainsbury’s callout for an artist to redecorate a staff canteen for no pay – a news item on the Sainsbury’s ad: Social media rages over Sainsbury’s artist ‘opportunity’ and an opinion piece by a-n Executive Director, Jeanie Scott: Sainsbury’s ‘opportunity’: ludicrous, misguided and all too common.

The opinion piece was republished in Arts Professional. Jeanie Scott was quoted in The Guardian, International Business Times and mentioned on a thread on Reddit.

The uproar around the Sainsbury’s ad generated further national coverage with artists’ pay and the value of the arts being discussed in I.D, Metro, The Independent and The National (Scotland).

April 2016

For their 10 year anniversary celebrations AirSpace Gallery host a Soup Kitchen to discuss the present situation of, and future for, artist-led activity in the UK, including Paying Artists: The Artist-Led – Then, Now and Next

The campaign participated in Culture Action Europe’s 72-hour ‘Jam Session’ asking ‘Should artists live off their arts – how?’

On his blog, Career Suicide, Paying Artists Regional Advocate Alistair Gentry writes Fundee about an event at the Artist-Led Generator Projects, Dundee, where he was invited to talk about the campaign.

Spit & Sawdust, The National Trust/Trust New Art, Pump House and Space Studios support the campaign.

March 2016

The Draft Exhibition Fees Framework consultation is completed. The findings will be used to refine the framework for a final version to launch this summer.

Draft Exhibition Fees Framework put to the test, an article on the consultation is published Love from the artist support the campaign

February 2016

Paying Artists campaign begins sector consultation on the draft Exhibition Fees Framework to include conversations with arts organisations across the UK and 5 artists focus groups in Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Newcastle and Cambridge.

A Portrait of the Artist as an Unpaid Man – edited highlights of researcher James Doeser’s article on artists pay is published.

There are certain things without which an artist can’t sustain themselves – artist Rachel McLean’s article on fair pay for artists published.

The campaign promotes Arts Council England’s comprehensive new study into Artists’ Livelihoods.

Regional Advocate Alistair Gentry publishes HAPPENING EVERYWHERE about campaigns on pay, including Paying Artists.

January 2016

Paying Artists draft Exhibition Fee Framework and Guidelines, with Recommendations is published and launched.

NOBLESSE OBLIGE – Paying Artist Regional Advocate Alistair Gentry comments on the fees framework on his blog.

AIR council member Joseph Young highlights the campaign in relation to the work of the Netherlands’ Platform BK – Platform BK, Netherlands: “An active think-tank for artists” Icelandic artists launch We Pay Visual Artists Campaign.

December 2015

Situations, CHAMP, Artes Mundi and The Big Draw issue statements of support for the campaign.

Paying Artists research is cited in CULTURAL TIMES – The First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries.

Arts Professional’s Frances Richens reports. Paying Artists 2015: the campaign’s year in review is published.

The work of the campaign is highlighted by Bean Gilsdorf in the DailyServing’s Help Desk: Culture and Compensation. The Fair Terms for Creators campaign highlights Paying Artists as a sector-specific campaign for creators’ rights.

November 2015

CVAN publish A Portrait of the Artist as an Unpaid Man by researcher James Doeser which highlights the campaign. FACT issues a statement of support.

Julie McCalden reflects on the importance of arts campaigns in After the Spending Review, the campaigns continue.

Regional Advocate S Mark Gubb and Angela Kennedy (AUE) lead The money problem: or, how artists could be paid more than £10,000 a year, part of ArtQuest’s System Failure talks programme. Joseph Young, AIR Council, reports.

As part of the 1215.Today Paying Artists debate, US artist Blake Fall-Conroy is interviewed about his Minimum Wage Machine,

Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford is interviewed on Funding the Visual Arts Ecology and non-monetary forms of validation are highlighted.

Caroline Wright, AIR Council, gives talk entitled Name and Fame: the Leadership Role of Institutions in Paying Artists in the UK, at the Lithuanian Artists Association 80th Anniversary Conference, Vilnius.

Canadian research organisation Hill Strategies publish a write up of the Paying Artists campaign research in Artists Research Monitor.

October 2015

1215.Today publish piece by Julie McCalden ‘Paying Artists: Who is entitled to make our culture?’

A Paying Artists campaign day and workshop takes place at Eastside Projects in Birmingham to discuss the draft fee framework and guidelines with Regional Advocates and AIR Council.

AIR Council member Joseph Young speaks about the campaign at Status of the Artist: the International Association of Art Europe conference and general assembly, in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Paying Artists Regional Advocate Sean Edwards and Julie McCalden lead Paying Artists in the Artist-Led session at Sluice_ 2015. The campaign is praised in Corridor8 Editorial: Creating a Cultural Corridor.

September 2015

Labour leadership front runner Jeremy Corbyn commends the Paying Artists campaign and proposes to roll out its recommendations across the cultural sector in his Vision for Britain 2020 arts plan.

Campaign supported by Grand Union. 1215.Today publish article and YouGov poll asking young people ‘do you think artists should be paid to exhibit their work in publicly funded museums and galleries?’

AIR Council memeber Joseph Young speaks about the Paying Artists campaign at Manifiesta in Ostend and reports about it for a-n news.

August 2015

Bristol BiennialBristol Creatives  and The Island announce their support for the campaign.

July 2015

a-n News story rounds up the awareness raising activities of the regional advocates.

June 2015

AliasThe Collection and The Fruitmarket Gallery issue statements of support for the campaign.

Regional Advocate Ben Owen produces Paying Artists video.

May 2015

Paying Artists Consultation Report is published.

Regional Advocates facilitate activity in run up to general election in Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow, including a hustings, a panel discussion, a fly poster campaign, a relay race and a giant cake parade.

The Paying Artists Campaign is raised by Claire Baker (Lab) and Fiona Hyslop (SNP) in the Scottish Parliament. Interview with Liverpool’s RAs published in The Double Negative.

On social media 121 people sign up to thunderclap their support for the campaign and during Glasgow’s hustings #PayingArtists reaches no.7 trending topic in the UK.

April 2015

Arts Council of Wales announces its commitment to ensuring proper and fair payment to creative professionals living and working in Wales.

March 2015

a-n/AIR gains support of Platform BK (Netherlands) Artists Regional Advocates recruited to support and raise awareness of campaign pre-election Paying Artists presented at CRATE Symposium

February 2015

UK artist Margaret Harrison provides statement of support Campaign evidence referenced in Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth, Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, 2015

Campaign supported by the London Cultural Strategy Group

Referenced in Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value

January 2015

House of Lords debate: “Many artists occupy a position at the bottom of a food chain”

Artists’ low income and status are international issues – article published on Guardian Culture Professionals 

Artists fight for fair pay – article in The Art Newspaper Paying artists and changes for the worse: a personal call to action – a-n News comment

December 2014

Paying Artists presented in Copenhagen in December 2014 alongside other European fair pay campaigns from Sweden, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Finland

Four new gallery best practice case studies published

Paying Artists presentation to Visual Arts Platform members Frame, Pro Helvetia, Mondriaan Fund, BAM, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Danish Agency for Culture.

Other presenters on fair pay across Europe included: Danish Visual Artists BKF, The Danish Association of Art Centers, Platform BK, Dutch Museums Association, Netwerk, Belgium, NICC, Belgium, Finish Arts Promotion Centre, KRO/ The Swedish Artists´ National Organization

Featured in ‘Top 10 news stories of 2014’ article published on Guardian Culture Professionals

November 2014

Supporting statement from Creative Scotland announces requirement in funding guidelines

Seoul symposium puts spotlight on fees for artists – a-n News article

Shadow Culture Minister pledges support for paying artists campaign – a-n News

Who pays artists: art, value and the importance of a shared ethos – a-n News comment

September 2014

Campaign supported by artists Jeremy Deller and Yinka Shonibare MBE:

High profile support for paying artists campaign – a-n News article

No one defends a ‘starving artist’: why professional respect begins at home – a-n News comment

Paying Artists Campaign – article published by Visual Arts South West Paying Artists campaign presented to Nordic artists groups in Sweden

August 2014

Campaign judged by Arts Council England to be “exemplary campaign because it has effected change and practices within arts policy”

Artists’ fees and gallery budgets: a discussion document – a-n News article

July 2014

Should publicly-funded galleries have a published exhibition policy? – a-n News article

Paying artists: Join the campaign – article published by University of the Arts London

Arts Council of England required its NPO funded galleries in England to demonstrate adoption and implementation of fair pay policies in business plans, to be monitored as part of funding agreements

Should artists be paid for taking part in publicly funded exhibitions? – Article by Museums Association 

Paying Artists Campaign – blog by artist Tim Neath

Paying artists – new campaign video launched – Article by Dance UK

An animation video made to highlight the paying artists campaign – blog on Animation World Network

June 2014

Paying Artists research signposted by IFFACA and British Council

Paying Artists campaign – article published by Creative and Cultural Skills

Pay and display: new campaign to pay artists for exhibitions – article by National Museums and Directors Council 

May 2014

Publication of Securing the future of the Visual Arts in the UK and first case studies of good gallery practice promoted

Campaign supported by key UK artists Richard Layzell, Joanne Tatham and Conrad Atkinson

By paying artists nothing, we risk severing the pipeline of UK talent – article published on Guardian Culture Professionals

Campaign calls for fair pay for visual artists – article published by Arts Professional

Arts campaigning bodies including international organisations KRO/KIF, CARFAC, VisArte, NAVA support campaign

Paying Artists campaign – article published by London Arts and Health

Artists £6,000 worse off as galleries refuse to pay fee – article in The Telegraph Paying Artists campaign and website launched