Canadian Artists Representation announces new spokesperson for visual artists

July 25, 2017 News Comments Off on Canadian Artists Representation announces new spokesperson for visual artists

Newfoundland and Labrador artist Ingrid Mary Percy to act as spokesperson for visual artists in Canada


Photo credit: Deirdre Logue

Artist Ingrid Mary Percy was chosen to be the spokesperson for visual artists in Canada at CARFAC’s annual meeting, held this year in Edmonton. Percy takes over from Halifax artist Susan Tooke, who has been president of CARFAC since 2015.

It is a pleasure and honour to serve our membership and visual artists in Canada as President of CARFAC National – an organization led by a diverse group of dedicated and hard-working board members, staff, and volunteers from across the country. A healthy visual arts sector is fundamental to the wellbeing of our nation.


New board members include Rankin Inlet artist and activist Theresie Tungilik, Toronto-based artist Joshua Vettivelu, and from Caraquet, NB, artist and photographer Annie France Noël. Edmonton-based artist Paddy Lamb becomes Vice-President, and Toronto artist Yael Brotman completes the Executive as Secretary.


A full list of board members is available on CARFAC’s website

About Ingrid Mary Percy:

Born in Calgary, Alberta, to Irish parents, Ingrid Mary Percy is a first generation Canadian of mixed European and African heritage. Ingrid grew up in Vancouver, BC, studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC (BFA, Dip FA) and completed graduate studies at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (MFA).

Ingrid has served on the boards of Open Space in Victoria, BC, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, NL, and Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC). A visual arts educator, she has taught at the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Ingrid currently divides her time between Victoria, BC, and  Corner Brook, NL, where she is Associate Professor of drawing, painting and interdisciplinary practices in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.

Canadian Artists’ Representation /Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is the national association of Canada’s professional visual artists. CARFAC defends the socio-economic and legal rights of artists through advocacy and professional development. CARFAC also produces a schedule of minimum recommended copyright royalties and fees for artists that is widely recognized as the national industry standard. The Status of the Artist Act empowers CARFAC to negotiate with national organizations on behalf of all visual artists in Canada.


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).


For more information contact

April Britski
Executive Director
CARFAC National

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


March 20, 2017 Events , Features , News Comments Off on BUILDING YOUR CAREER 2017 AGM AND CONFERENCE: EDMONTON, ALBERTA


CARFAC AGM: Building your career, June 3-4 2017

CARFAC National and Visual Artists Alberta-CARFAC welcome artists to Edmonton June 2 to 4, for our 2017 National AGM and Conference.

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, the conference will examine ways that visual artists can develop and advance their careers.

Conference events include the CARFAC National AGM, four professional development presentations, an award ceremony, several exhibition receptions and tours, and other social networking opportunities. All artists are welcome!

Please Note: This year’s event will not include simultaneous translation. Conference materials will be presented in English and French, and bilingual staff and board members will be available to field questions and provide assistance in your language of choice.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 2nd

Welcome reception, progressive evening open to all registered. Please RSVP to by Wednesday May 31st if you are planning to attend this Friday progressive reception at Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC and the tour of SNAP Gallery.

  • 8:30pm and 9:30pm – Reception at Visual Arts Alberta –CARFAC , 10215 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 9:30pm and 10:30pm – Tour of SNAP Gallery, 10123 – 121 Street, Edmonton, AB

Saturday, June 3rd

All daytime events on Saturday are being held in the CN Theatre, MacEwan University, Building 5, room 142, 10460 – 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB

All members of CARFAC (including Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC) are invited and encouraged to attend. If you’re not a member yet, now’s the time to join!  Take this opportunity to find out more about our major projects and initiatives.

  • 8:45 – 9:30 am – Conference Registration
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am – Opening remarks and Welcome to Treaty 6
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – CARFAC National AGM
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Presentation of CARFAC’s National campaigns
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch*

* Please note that the purchasing of boxed lunch closed on May 26th.

  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Building Your Career presentations:

Kristian Clarke, Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors Equity Association, will speak about how professional organizations like CAEA and CARFAC enable artists to become more professional in their practice, and the tools that a professional association can provide that can empower artists in building their career.

Deborah Carruthers and Paddy Lamb, co-presidents of CARCC Copyright Visual Arts, will speak about the importance of collective copyright management, how copyright and royalties play a part in the visual artist’s practice, and the importance of copyright protection and intellectual property in the digital age.

Michelle Schultz, Director of dc3 Art Projects, will speak from the business perspective about new models (outside the public gallery, artist-run centre, and commercial gallery model) for artists to utilize in building their career.

Jennifer Bowen Allen is a Dene emerging curator and arts administrator from Whitehorse, currently living in Lethbridge. She will speak about the challenges faced and opportunities available to artists living in the north, as they build their careers.

  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Closing remarks and refreshments
  • 7:00 pm – Exhibition reception and award ceremony at Latitude 53, 10242 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 7:15 and 7:45 – CARFAC presents its National Visual Arts Advocate Award, and Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC will present an artist with an honorary Lifetime Membership.

We close the day with a visit to Latitude 53 artist-run-centre, to view the Trumpet exhibition, which examines how artists use art to question new political realities (locally, nationally, internationally) and who have a unique perspective that is under-represented or unrecognized within current exhibition and curatorial practices.

Sunday, June 4th 

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm – Tour of Dc3 Art Projects, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 10567 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB
    • Tours will be available, as well as free entry for Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, CARFAC, and RAAV members!

Registration Fees

This event is available free of charge to all current members of Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, CARFAC, and RAAV. Yet another great reason to join or renew!

For non-members, the registration fee is $20.

*Please note: Participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations and meals. Information is included below on some of the options available.  The boxed lunch option will only be available on Saturday for any participant who wishes to purchase it. Please order by May 26th to ensure there is adequate availability.

Accommodations options


There are several options for transportation to and from the airport:

Public Transit:

Edmonton Transit System’s (ETS) Route 747 is an express bus service that runs every half hour during peak hours between EIA and the Century Park bus and LRT station, which connects to MacEwan University. This bus service runs every day of the week starting at 4:10 am from Century Park and 4:34 am from EIA. Pick-up at the airport is outside Door 8, Arrivals Level (between Tim Horton’s and the Mac’s convenience store). The METRO Line LRT (labeled NAIT on the trains) will take people to MacEwan University Station.  The CAPITAL Line also goes downtown but not to MacEwan University.

  • One-way trip: $5 cash paid to driver or 2 adult ETS tickets, plus $3.25 per adult for the LRT.

Airport Shuttle, one-way trip: $18 Roundtrip: $30:

The Edmonton Skyshuttle is a cost-effective and convenient way to travel between Edmonton International Airport and various locations in Edmonton. The Skyshuttle pick-up point is centrally located on the Arrivals Level (next to door #7). The Shuttle stops at MacEwan University residence. The Skyshuttle only stops at hotels when service has been requested. Rides must be booked in advance online or by phone 780-465-8515. The average trip takes from one hour to one hour and twenty minutes, depending on road conditions, ridership volumes, and point of embarkation.


Edmonton International Airport is serviced by several taxi companies. Flat rates for transportation from EIA to downtown Edmonton by taxi are available and cheaper if you ask for it when booking.

  • Co-op Taxi Line: 780 425 2525
  • 24-7 Taxi Line: 780 442 4444
  • Airport Taxi Service: 780 890 7070
  • Greater Edmonton Taxi Service:
    (Barrel, Checker, Prestige, Yellow): 780 462 3456

Thank you to our sponsors



Register Now!

The boxed lunch option is available for $12. Please place your order by email to by May 26 to ensure availability. Boxed lunches include:

  • Choice of Deluxe Sandwich or Wrap (Tuna, Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, or Grilled veggie with hummus and feta)
  • Whole Fruit
  • Two Home Baked Cookies
  • Choice of Soft Drink, Juice or Bottled Water

Advocacy Award Call for Nominations

To coincide with our national conference Building Your Career held in Edmonton, CARFAC seeks to honour a professional artist from Alberta, who has made a significant contribution as an advocate for the Canadian visual arts community. This contribution may be national or regional in scope, and is a wonderful opportunity for a local arts advocate to gain national recognition and thanks for their work.

For details regarding eligibility and how to nominate click here.

Call for New Board Members

CARFAC National is looking for new board members, to be elected at our AGM. CARFAC Members are asked to put forward names of individuals who would make good board members, to be considered by our Nominating Committee.

For details regarding Board Nominations for 2017 click here

Looking forward to June!


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