Many people profit when an artwork is resold – but not the artist.

The Artist’s Resale Right would allow visual artists to receive 5% when their work is resold – just as they do in at least 93 other countries.

The full value of an artwork often isn’t seen on the first sale. It is common for visual art to increase in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows.

For example, Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $58,650. Ashevak got nothing from the resale.

Canada’s Indigenous artists in particular are losing out on the tremendous profits being made on their work in the secondary market. Many artists living in isolated northern communities live in impoverished conditions, while their work dramatically increases in value.

Help Bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada

CARFAC and RAAV are relaunching our campaign to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada. The new government has been vocal about their support for the arts and we are hopeful they will see the importance of this initiative.

You can help!

Members of Parliament are highly motivated by what their constituents want. Sending an email to your MP helps to raise awareness on Parliament Hill and show public support. It only takes a minute with our easy web form.

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