Visual Artists disappointed with Federal Budget 2017

March 22, 2017 Artist's Resale Right , Events , Features , Media Releases , News Comments Off on Visual Artists disappointed with Federal Budget 2017

Ottawa, Wednesday March 22, 2017 – The national association of visual artists (CARFAC) is deeply disappointed that the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) was not included in Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget.

CARFAC has been actively advocating for the implementation of the ARR in the Canadian Copyright Act since 2011. In 2016, it was the central focus of our Pre-budget consultation presentation, and the Canadian Arts Coalition supported our efforts by including the ARR in their Pre-budget recommendations.

CARFAC was pleased when the Standing Committee on Finance subsequently recommended “that the Government of Canada amend the Income Tax Act and the Copyright Act in order to provide for artists’ resale rights in Canada.” It is, therefore, a great disappointment not to see it in today’s Budget announcement.

“We’ve received support for the Resale Right from countless Members of Parliament, and took it as a sign that the Finance Committee also embraced this important economic right for visual artists. Artists have been waiting a long time for Canada to legislate the ARR, and this was a huge missed opportunity to provide support for artists, at no ongoing cost to the federal government,” said CARFAC National President Susan Tooke.

The ARR entitles visual artists to receive payment each time their work is resold publicly through an auction house or a commercial gallery. We recommend that 5% of all future public sales of artwork be paid back to the artist. The ARR exists in more than 93 other countries in the world including all countries in the European Union. The fact that Canada does not recognize the ARR is considered a trade barrier for Canada on the international art market.  The EU has asked Canada to implement an ARR in our trade discussions, and world-wide implementation is also currently being pushed as a priority by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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For more information contact

April Britski
Executive Director
CARFAC National
613-233-6161

For media inquiries outside business hours call: 604-446-4514

Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

March 20, 2017 Events , Features , News Comments Off on Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

Most visual artists are self-employed and encounter great challenges as they attempt to succeed creatively and economically. At CARFAC, we are committed to providing artists with resources and tools to help them thrive. Under the banner of Building your Career, this conversation will travel across Canada, and will examine ways that artists can develop and advance their career. Coming soon to a city near you! Details on events will be updated as they become available.

 

Edmonton, Alberta

Saturday, June 3 2017
CN Theatre, MacEwan University, Building 5, room 142, 10460-105 St NW

CARFAC National and Visual Artists Alberta-CARFAC welcomed artists to Edmonton June 2 to 4, for our 2017 National AGM and Conference. Conference events included the CARFAC National AGM, four professional development presentations, an award ceremony, several exhibition receptions and tours, and other social networking opportunities

 


Prince George, British Columbia

Saturday, September 23 2017, from 1-4pm
Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Canada Games Way

Workshop: Modes of Making a Living as an Artist, led by Bill Horne
Navigating the art world can be confusing and overwhelming. This afternoon workshop will explore different avenues accessible to artists to exhibit and be paid for their work. Topics covered will be helpful to all artists from those just starting out to seasoned professionals. Click here to register.


Charlottetown, PEI

Thursday, September 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cultural Pavilion, Victoria Park

CARFAC Maritimes | Brown Bag Lunch & Radio Show during Flotilla


Winnipeg, Manitoba – Details coming soon

 


Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador – Details coming soon

 


Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, October 29
1:00-2:30 – Official AGM business (members only)
3:00-4:00 – “Building Your Career” presentation/discussion (open to the public, PWYC) – Check back for details about the speakers.

Click here to register through Eventbrite

401 Richmond Street West
Suite 440, Bashir/Yerex Presentation Space
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


We thank the Access Copyright Foundation for their support of our presentation series.

Nous remercions la Fondation Access Copyright pour leur soutien dans la tenue de notre série de conférences.

CARFAC’S UN WIPO INTERVENTION

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.

Has the artist been paid? Mais avez-vous payé l'artiste?