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

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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

Building Your Career: A national conversation for visual artists

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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

Building Momentum: strategies to build and sustain a visual arts career in Western Newfoundland.

As part of the CARFAC National lecture series “Building Your Career “, VANL-CARFAC invites you to the session “Building Momentum: strategies to build and sustain a visual arts career in Western Newfoundland.” Arts communities across Canada are more connected than they have ever been before, but navigating opportunities from remote locations, for emerging and/or relocated artists, can be challenging. Corner Brook-based artist and educator D’Arcy Wilson will offer tips and strategies for building your visual arts career in Newfoundland, while staying connected to a national arts community. The presentation will lead into a Q&A and discussion for sharing perspectives and experiences. All are welcome, but please note that this event is geared towards visual artists working outside of a commercial practice.  Attendance to this event is free.

Time and place: Wednesday the 15th, 7pm – 8:30 in Room FA 224, the Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus

Click here to see event page:

D’Arcy Wilson

D‘Arcy Wilson (MFA University of Calgary ’08, BFA Mount Allison University ’05) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers Western Culture’s fraught relationship with wilderness. D‘Arcy has collaborated with wildlife rehabilitation centers, natural history museums, school choirs, and more. She has participated in numerous artist residencies and exhibitions across Canada, most recently exhibiting her work at The Rooms (St. John’s, NL), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), Cape Breton University Art Gallery (Sydney, NS) and Galerie d‘art Louise-et-Reuban-Cohen (University of Moncton, NB). In 2016 she initiated and curated Saltbox Contemporary Arts Festival at the Grenfell Art Gallery, in Corner Brook, NL. D‘Arcy is based in Corner Brook, where she is Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus.


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)

Multidisciplinary artist Erika DeFreitas will discuss how she built her career with CARFAC Ontario’s Executive Director, Sally Lee, sharing some of the challenges and opportunities she has encountered along the way to building her thriving full-time practice. Erika’s work is currently showing at the Art Gallery of York University as part of Migrating the Margins, and until October 16 as part of take your legs and your shoes at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Find out more about Erika and her work at

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.

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