November 29, 2016 Artist's Resale Right , Campaigns , Events , News Comments Off on CARFAC’S UN WIPO INTERVENTION

The following statement was delivered by CARFAC staff at the general assembly of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights during their first historical discussion of the Artists’ Resale Right:

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, November 18th 2016- Thank you, Mr. Vice Chairman. I’m extremely honoured to be here as a Canadian creator with the Canadian Copyright Institute, which is a partner in the struggle for fairness for creators, authors and artists of all kinds. I also want to thank the delegations from Senegal and the Congo for bringing this excellent motion to the SCCR.

Visual artists in Canada and have been striving within our country for the adoption of the Artists’ Resale Right for many years.

Artists are poor in Canada and among them, visual artists are poorest, even some of our most respected and awarded artists are living well below the poverty line. Visual artists average 18,000 a year and more than half of visual artists in Canada make less than 8000/ year, well below the Canadian poverty line, meanwhile, the Canadian art market continues to thrive and grow. In retirement, past the point when they can continue to produce work, is when visual artists become exceptionally economically vulnerable in Canada. The beauty of the Resale Right is that it will bring income to senior artists, whose work is often most valuable when it is resold, due in large part to the hard work of that artist throughout the course of their career.

Particular to Canada and several other nations represented here is the rich body of art contributed by the artist members of more than 600 First Nations as well as Inuit and Métis peoples. Indigenous art is incredibly valuable within Canada and around the world and yet the artists themselves see little of the profit from their own pieces. In Canada middle men prey off of relative remoteness and poverty when they immediately resell Indigenous work for triple or quadruple the cost paid to artists.  Once implemented, the Resale Right will immediately protect against this kind of exploitation. As well, if the ARR becomes a normative instrument through WIPO, it will be used to increase awareness of copyright and empower artists who are subject to discrimination due to their location, poverty or indigeneity.

All artists around the world stand to benefit from the Resale Right Royalty. We commend WIPO and in particular Senegal and Congo for bringing the Resale Right on to the agenda under other business today. We sincerely hope it finds a place on the agenda next session and we are happy to help supply WIPO with any information we can offer from the perspective of Canadian Artists on this matter.

CARFAC National Stands with Inuk Artist Billy Gauthier and Muskrat Falls

October 23, 2016 Events , Features , News 1 comment


OTTAWA- October 23 2016- The Canadian Artists Representation/ le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC National) announced today their full support of Inuk visual artist Billy Gauthier as well as Delilah Miriam Saunders and Jerry Kohlmeister who are hunger striking in protest of the flooding of Muskrat Falls. Mr. Gauthier’s hunger strike is now in its eleventh day. CARFAC National stands in solidarity with this fight to protect the land and wildlife of Labrador that are fundamental to the artistic and cultural practices of Innu, Nunatsiavut, and NunatuKavut artists and all peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“CARFAC National believes that Nalcor’s Hydro electrical project must obtain the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous nations and communities in Labrador according the the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, Says, CARFAC National Vice President, Ingrid Mary Percy from Ottawa today. “Mr. Gauthier has asked that the artists of Canada join him, and the peoples of Labrador in supporting this action.”

CARFAC recognizes the unconditional and inherent relationship between the health and wellness of Indigenous people’s lands and their artistic and cultural works. We call upon the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada to engage in meaningful nation to nation negotiations with the hunger strikers, their governments and their traditional leaders.

For more information contact: Ingrid Mary Percy, VP CARFAC National (709) 639-0001

2016 AGM Wrap Up

June 28, 2016 Events , Features , News Comments Off on 2016 AGM Wrap Up

Melissa PanelCARFAC’s 2016 AGM and Draw More Income Panel discussion was awesome!

On June 4th, in Montreal, CARFAC and RAAV (Regroupement des artists en arts visual) members gathered along with members of the creative community to participate in a productive conversation about artists’ rights and economic wellbeing. Our panel of remarkable artists came from all across the country and generously shared their work and experience with a crowd of over one hundred people.

Theresie Tungilik came from Nunavut and spoke in detail about the ways Inuit and Northern artists are working in traditional and contemporary mediums. She spoke to the myriad successes and challenges that are particular to artists in the north and gave us insight into how CARFAC can work to support artists’ rights to members of her community.

Moridja Kitenge Banza lives in Montreal and shared images of his remarkable practice with us. He showed us slides of his work which draws from cartography as well as “chiromancie” (palmistry). He spoke to the fact that he has needed to become a business person and that all artists are business people. He said that he has access to three art markets as a French speaking, African, Canadian resident and that he creates work specifically to be sold on those three markets.

Melissa Mongiat is a Montreal based artist, who works internationally and through a collective called Daily tous les Jour. Her work is site specific and uses digital technologies. She gave us the insiders history of her most sought after art piece, Musical Swings. She described the challenges and joys of creating innovative installation work that interacts with communities.

Collin Zipp joined us from Winnipeg and described his cheeky body of work through slides and storytelling. He also spoke to the nascent, yet burgeoning art world of Winnipeg, where there are few commercial galleries. He shared with us that in order to make a living as an artist he has had to do many kinds of things from teaching to installation as well as creating art pieces.

After the panel discussion, participants heard presentations regarding the Artists’ Resale Right (Droit de Suite), the updated news about Copyright Visual Art (formerly CARCC) and our work to harmonize the CARFAC fee schedule with the IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance) fee schedule. All of these presentations gave our members much needed insight into the ongoing work that CARFAC is doing on their behalf. More information about all of these dossiers is available to our members on our website or by calling our offices.

It was a wonderful gathering of intelligent and motivated artists! Our partner RAAV, did a marvelous job of hosting us while we engaged in the important discussion of what will drive CARFAC into the future. Thank you to all who came out!

For those of you who missed being in Montreal in person a video recording of the Draw More Income panel and presentations will be available soon on our website.

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