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

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/154954155239194/

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 www.erikadefreitas.com

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 Supports LGBTT2Q Community in Campaign Against Jordan Peterson at the National Gallery of Canada

March 9, 2017 Campaigns , Features , Media Releases , National Gallery , News 1 comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA- March 9 2017- Trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse folk, and LGBTT2Q advocates across Canada have asked that the National Gallery of Canada cancel an upcoming public speaking engagement featuring Prof. Jordan Peterson. Queer, trans, two spirit, intersex and gender diverse folk and allies regard Peterson’s consistent, public invalidation of trans identities as transphobic. Following their lead, Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC National) is now urging the National Gallery of Canada, to reconsider their position and to revoke Prof. Peterson’s invitation to speak at the gallery on Thursday March 9th.

CARFAC National is the voice for visual artists in Canada and the official bargaining unit for artists working at the National Gallery of Canada under the Status of the Artist Act. We stand as an advocate for all artists, including LGBTT2Q artists and we believe that artists’ rights and human rights intersect. Inviting Prof. Peterson into our National Public Gallery has the potential to render the gallery an unsafe workplace for our members. While the subject of Mr. Peterson’s talk is not publicized to be on transgender rights, giving him a public platform carries with it his very public views on these issues.

Under these circumstances, to protect the interests of patrons and artists alike, the National Gallery of Canada should listen to these serious concerns and cancel Mr. Peterson’s speaking engagement.

For more information contact:
Darrah Teitel, Director of National Advocacy and Communications
613-867-5864,
www.carfac.ca

 

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