Call for New Board Members – 2019

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Call for New Board Members

CARFAC is looking for board members, to be elected at our National Annual General Meeting
(AGM). If you are a professional visual or media artist interested in improving the working
conditions of your fellow practicing artists through advocacy and education, you may put your
name forward for consideration to our Nominating Committee. Each nomination must be
supported by two current CARFAC members.

CARFAC strives to be an inclusive and safe space for all, and to accurately reflect the diversity
of the various arts communities that we serve. We strongly encourage applications from artists
who are members of marginalized and/or underserved/underrepresented communities,
especially individuals who identify with: First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, or people of colour; diverse
gender and sexual identities (including LGBTQ2+); people living with dis/ability, etc.

All Directors are elected for a term of two years and may be re-elected to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Directors will be elected to a position by our members at our AGM. At the 2019 AGM, up to six out of fourteen volunteer director positions will be open, to be filled by new and/or returning candidates. Following the AGM, the board will choose its Executive Officers, as per CARFAC’s Bylaws.

If you wish to put yourself forward for a board of directors’ position, please fill in the Board-Nomination-form and submit a short biography, by email no later than June 5th. We are committed to equitable recruitment practices. In order to be considered for equity-based recruitment, please include a note in your email stating, “I’d like to be considered for recruitment equity.” While you are welcome to elaborate further, it is not required.

Please consider carefully whether you can fulfill the responsibilities set out below. If you are not a current member, you will be required, if asked to stand for election, to become a member under the terms of most positions. The submission of an application does not necessarily mean that you will be asked to stand for election. If you are not selected for nomination this year by our committee, we will keep your interest on file for future years.

For additional information on CARFAC National and the role of Directors, please email April
Britski, Executive Director.

Responsibilities and Duties of CARFAC Board Members

Service as a member of CARFAC’s Board of Directors requires time, dedication and commitment to the aims and purpose of CARFAC. For CARFAC to fulfill its unique role and reflect the views of its membership, Board members must participate fully in their roles and functions. The Directors of CARFAC National are responsible for setting goals, defining organizational policies and priorities, and approving plans to achieve our goals.

Professional visual and media artists who are social justice-minded and have demonstrated their commitment to community organizing are highly desirable candidates. Experience working with organizational finances, or legal or labour matters concerning artists, are considered assets.

CARFAC Board members are required to act in good faith and in the best interests of CARFAC National, to formally declare any real or apparent conflicts of interest, and to respect the confidentiality of sensitive information. Part of the due diligence required of Directors is attending Board meetings and keeping yourself informed about the affairs of CARFAC by reading the materials prepared for the meetings, newsletters, and e-mail bulletins. The board typically meets in-person twice yearly, with additional board and committee teleconferences, as required.

Notice of Annual General Meeting / Convocation à l’assemblée générale annuelle

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CARFAC National will hold its Annual General Meeting at Ottawa City Hall on Sunday, September 9th at 9 am EST.

We invite all CARFAC members in good standing to attend, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the organization. The AGM Agenda is available here. The AGM will coincide with our national conference, from September 7th to 9thClick here to see the full conference schedule.

CARFAC National tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle à l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa le dimanche 9 septembre à 9 h (HNE).

Nous invitons tous les membres en règle de CARFAC à y assister, ainsi que toute personne intéressée à en apprendre davantage sur l’organisme. L’ordre du jour de l’AGA est disponible ici. L’AGA coïncidera avec notre congrès national qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 septembre.


Several bylaw amendments will be presented to our members for a vote at the AGM. If you have questions or concerns about any changes, please contact our national office.

Plusieurs modifications aux statuts et règlements seront présentées à nos membres et soumises à un vote à l’AGA. Les documents sont disponibles en anglais seulement. Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations au sujet de certains changements, veuillez communiquer avec notre bureau national.

Current Bylaws

CARFAC General Operating By-law, 2018 proposed amendments

By-Law Briefing for Members.


Want to know what we’ve been up to this year? Check out our Annual Report .

Vous voulez connaître nos réalisations de  cette année? Consultez notre rapport annuel.

CARFAC National Annual Report for 2018

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In 2018, CARFAC celebrates our 50th anniversary. For over five decades, it is important to remember that thousands of artists have committed their time and energy, working together from coast to coast, and beyond. As our founder Jack Chambers once said, CARFAC “appeals to the ‘doers’, to the people who try to create the conditions they want to live and work in.” This is what we’ve been doing this year.

Our job has always been to defend the artist’s right to representation and fair payment. This began with the creation of our Fee Schedule, which has evolved over time. For over ten years, we have had a voluntary agreement on exhibition royalties with museums and artist-run centres, and two years ago we began a consultation to evaluate our media arts fees. In 2018, we introduced a new fee category for larger museums, and this year, as we continue to revise our media arts fees, we have begun two new consultations: to evaluate our fees for performance art and to assist independent curators in developing their own payment guidelines.

Members of CARFAC, RAAV and the National Gallery of Canada’s negotiation teams, 2018

The Status of the Artist Act allowed us to negotiate our first collective agreement with the National Gallery of Canada in 2015, alongside our colleagues at RAAV. From January to March, we returned to the bargaining table, and in May, visual artists from across Canada voted to approve a new agreement with the Gallery. The new agreement is in place until 2022, and it includes several notable increases in royalties and fees paid to artists, as well as changes to the collective agreement that makes managing it easier for all parties.

Leading up to the negotiation, we received mentorship from Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA). Our staff were able to job shadow with CAEA staff last September, while Arden Ryshpan conducted a workshop on negotiation for our board and staff in December, and observed our negotiation with NGC in January. CAEA very helpfully shared internal policies and procedures for managing collective agreements and training new bargaining committee members, which will help CARFAC to develop an internal policy manual.

Photo: Tara Mazurk. Arts Day on the Hill 2017.

We are also actively involved in advocacy work and sharing policy proposals that improve artists’ working conditions. Last summer, we submitted recommendations on the Federal Budget, and participated in the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Arts Day on the Hill.  Earlier this year, we began hearing stories from artists that have recently been reviewed, reassessed, and even audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. In May, we released a statement on the issue, and we have been working with an Artist Taxation subcommittee of the Canadian Arts Coalition on this issue. We prepared a briefing note for the committee here.

Photo: Grant McConnell. Meret Meyer, granddaughter of Marc Chagall, at the Artist’s Resale Right Conference in Geneva 2017,

As the Federal Government has begun its statutory review of the Copyright Act, we have been involved in this process in several ways. In October, we are scheduled to present to the standing committee, and our brief, which will include recommendations on the implementation of the Artist’s Resale Right, the expansion of the Exhibition Right to include works made before 1988, and changes to Fair Dealing, will be available shortly. We have been advocating for the ARR, in particular, for many years, and over the last two years we attended meetings in Geneva and New York, where countries gathered to examine the ARR in an international context. While legislative change takes time, we are hopeful that we may have success with this campaign soon.

In 1990, we founded a copyright collective, CARCC, now known as Copyright Visual Arts, and we are working on several joint projects with them.  We’ve been working on an online licensing and fee calculation tool for artists and presenters, which will hopefully launch in the fall. We will also co-host a series of copyright presentations, offering a comprehensive overview of copyright for visual artists and the services that collectives provide. We are also about to work with Copyright Visual Arts and other stakeholder groups to develop an Indigenous Intellectual Property Resource Guide. The aim of the Guide is to educate artists, presenters, and the public about the basics of copyright, Traditional Knowledge, issues of authenticity, cultural appropriation, and respecting cultural protocols.

CARFAC National board and staff, 2018.

We have always been an association of artists working for artists. Together, the boards of CARFAC National and our regional affiliates involve approximately 100 elected artists. We are committed to offering the most representative board possible, and we are working on developing a new nominations policy for our organization.  We have a small office of full- and part-time staff who are committed to promoting and articulating the interests and concerns of professional artists: April Britski (Executive Director), Renuka Bauri (Director of Advocacy and Communications), Charlie Laghi-Ford (Membership Coordinator), Rose Ekins (Licensing Officer at Copyright Visual Arts).

CARFAC National AGM, 2017 in Edmonton, AB.

We are committed to offering tools to help artists thrive creatively and financially. In 2017, we presented workshops, seminars, podcasts, webinars, and PSA/radio shows for Visual Artists in communities across Canada on the theme of “Building your Career”. This included several presentations in Edmonton last June during our annual meeting, some of which are now available as a podcast.  Our 2018 national conference is planned for Ottawa from September 7 to 9. We are grateful to have the opportunity to gather on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, and we pay our respects to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. This year’s event will include a review of our milestones over the years and a conversation about our new priorities, which considers developments in copyright and taxation policy, fair payment guidelines in the visual arts and other disciplines, and the mechanisms and the politics of policy change in the arts in an international context. We hope to see you there!

In closing, it must be acknowledged that our work in the last year would not have been possible without support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Access Copyright Foundation, Employment and Social Development Canada, Assurart, AFBS, CHRC, RAAV, Copyright Visual Arts, and of course, our members, who continually allow us to uphold our strength as a collective voice.


Submitted by April Britski, National Executive Director, CARFAC

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