Why pay artists?
63% of artists have had to turn down requests from galleries to exhibit their work because they cannot afford to do so without pay.
Over time, more and more artists are questioning the time and resources they spend on their art – and are giving up on art altogether. If there are fewer artists, we will lose the diversity and innovation that is so fundamental to visual arts. We will lose the massive tourism benefits and the £1.9 billion that visual arts brings to the UK economy. Above all, we will lose the benefit of what art does best – help us see the world from other perspectives and give a voice to different communities.