CARFAC National 50th Anniversary Conference Schedule:

* Details subject to change

CARFAC is pleased to invite visual artists from across Canada to attend our 50th anniversary conference in Ottawa, from September 7 to 9th!  Below is an outline of conference events – it’s going to be an exciting weekend so click here to register!

Friday, September 7

Welcome to Ottawa! Before we begin our conference program, why not check out all that the Ottawa arts community has to offer?

Âjagemô                                                                                        AXENÉO7

Canada Council Art Bank                                                         Carleton University Art Gallery

Central Art Garage                                                                     City Hall Art Gallery

Cube Gallery                                                                                Enriched Bread Artists

Galerie d’art Jean-Claude Bergeron                                       Galerie St-Laurent +Hill

Gallery 101                                                                                   Karsh Masson Gallery

L.A Pai Gallery                                                                            Orange Art Gallery

Ottawa School of Art                                                                  Ottawa Art Gallery

Patrick Mikhail Gallery                                                              Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

The Snow Goose                                                                          Wallack Galleries


National Gallery of Canada *CARFAC members receive free admission to the National Gallery, so be sure to bring your membership card!

You may also choose to attend the following FREE organized tours:

2:30 – 4:00 pm, Tours at the Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge

Conference delegates are invited to visit the Ottawa Art Gallery in its new location.  Space is limited, so it is recommended that you RSVP by September 3, if you would like to take one of these tours.

4:30 – 5:00 pm, Tour of Âjagemô & the Canada Council for the Arts, 150 Elgin Street.

Check out the Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes exhibition and take a short tour of the Canada Council space. Space is limited, so it is recommended that you RSVP by September 3, if you would like to take one of these tours.

7:00 pm, Evening social and artmaking, Avant-Garde Bar, 135 ½ Besserer Street

Join us for a fun and creative night out, including a printmaking taster, presented by Possible Worlds. For those interested in doing some printing, there is an additional registration cost of $10, and you can take home your own silkscreened tote bag with one of CARFAC’s retro logos! No previous printmaking experience is required. If you would like to participate in this activity, please register here. There is limited availability, so it is recommended that you register by September 3rd. For those just interested in chatting with your fellow artists, general entry is free, and a cash bar will be provided.

Saturday, September 8

*All daytime events take place at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

8:30 – 9:15 am, Registration

Delegates must sign in to collect conference packages.

9:30 am, Conference welcome

Welcome to the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, from Traditional Knowledge Keeper Elaine Kicknoway, followed by greetings from CARFAC’s National President, Ingrid Mary Percy.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Artists working for Artists: Past, Present, Future

This panel brings together arts activists to talk about how things have changed for artists in Canada over the last 50 years. What was it like to work as an artist before artist fees were paid? What has it been like to advocate for the payment of CARFAC fees from the beginning to the present, and how have laws and cultural policies changed over time? Have artists benefitted from those changes, and what changes do artists want to see for the future? Where do self-employed creators go for advice, solidarity, and professional development services, particularly those from rural and marginalized communities? Panelists will review our founding goals, compare them to our current priority action items, and work with delegates to consider a new collective agenda for visual artists.

Speakers: David Yazbeck, Ingrid Mary Percy, Pat Durr, Josh Vettivelu, and Jamelie Hassan.  Moderator: April Britski.

April Britski, Executive Director of CARFAC National

David Yazbeck, employment and labour lawyer with Ravenlaw

Ingrid Mary Percy, President and Spokesperson for the CARFAC National Executive Board

Pat Durr – painter, printmaker and artist

Josh Vettivelu – visual, installation and performance artist








12:00 – 1:00 pm, Lunch

A catered lunch will be provided. If you have any food allergies or restrictions, please indicate them in your registration form.

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Copyright for Visual Artists

In this presentation, we will hear about updates and developments in the world of copyright from Access Copyright. CARFAC National, and Copyright Visual Arts.

Roanie Levy, President & CEO of Access Copyright

Renuka Bauri, Dir. Communications & Advocacy for CARFAC National

Rose Ekins, Copyright Agent for Copyright Visual Arts








2:30 – 4:30 pm, Has the Artist Been Paid? Expanding on the CARFAC Fee Schedule

CARFAC’s founding project was the creation of the Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule. Since then, it has expanded substantially, and we will hear from speakers about recent consultation work for media arts and performance art fees, research into independent curatorial fees, and past and future directions for negotiation of scale agreements under the Status of the Artist Act.

Speakers: Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, Clayton Windatt and Karl Beveridge.   

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Clayton Windatt, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

Karl Beveridge & Carol Conde, artists and labour arts activists








5:30 pm, Pub night at the Fox and Feather Pub and Grill, 283 Elgin Street

Delegates are invited to unwind over dinner and drinks at the Fox and Feather pub. Participation is optional, and all costs are not included in the conference registration.

8:00 pm, Evening reception, Korean Cultural Centre, #101 – 150 Elgin Street

Join us for a party as we celebrate CARFAC 50th Anniversary and present the National Visual Arts Advocate Award!

Sunday, September 9

*All daytime events take place at Ottawa City Hall

8:30 – 9:00am, AGM sign-in

All current members must sign in to vote at the AGM.

9:00 – 10:00 am, CARFAC National Annual General Meeting

Members gather to elect new members of our National board, approve our financial audit, and the ratify our fee schedule.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Best Practices for the Visual Arts: an international perspective

How can we maintain effective standards for a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair? In Australia, NAVA’s Code of Practice for the Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector was launched in 2001 after years of research and consultation, and it has protected the work of countless artists since that time. While the Code has undergone regular revisions, as well as being adapted for use by CARFAC Members in several regions of Canada, in Australia the Code’s enforceability has rollercoastered from full to non to partial at different times and in different places. As NAVA plans the Code’s next major revision that will guarantee its implementation, join Executive Director Esther Anatolitis and CARFAC Saskatchewan’s former Executive Director, Patrick Close, for an armchair discussion on the mechanisms and the politics of policy change in the arts.

Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director for the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Patrick Close, Former Executive Director for CARFAC Saskatchewan









12:00 – 1:00 pm, Lunch

A catered lunch will be provided. If you have any food allergies or restrictions, please indicate them in your registration form.

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Solidarity: Artist unions in conversation

This panel will bring together artist unions and associations to discuss what we can share and learn from one another, and how we can offer each other best practices models on an ongoing basis. Speakers will share information about what they offer their members in the way of advocacy work, social security benefits, bargaining and representation services, and professional development. The panel will include artist union/association representatives from various disciplines.  In addition, there will be presentations by Assurart and the Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS).

Moderator: Sally Lee.

Sally Lee, Executive Director for CARFAC Ontario








3:30 – 5:00 pm, A Taxing Time for Artists, co-hosted by Mass Culture

Artists are taxpayers who regularly file taxes throughout their professional practice. However, self-employed creators can have a unique range of income and expense sources, which can lead to misinterpretation, and as such, artists may be more likely to be reviewed, reassessed, or even audited. This panel and subsequent group dialogue consider recent taxation challenges that artists have been facing in Canada, and the potential for clarity and review of public policy.

Speakers: Ben Donoghue, Tova Epp and Emmanuel Madan.  Moderator: Tara Mazurk.

Tara Mazurk, co-founder of Mass Culture and government relations consultant with Global Public Affairs

Ben Donoghue, filmmaker and Director of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO)

Tova Epp, tax preparer/actor/certified animals-in-disaster rescuer.

Emmanuel Madan, Director of IMAA. Photo: Ron Diamond










Please Note: We do not currently have a budget for simultaneous translation of conference events. All conference materials will be available in French and bilingual staff and board members will be on hand to field questions and we will provide assistance in your language of choice.

CARFAC will offer ten free registrations to the conference in exchange for at least 4 hours of volunteer time during the conference. If interested, please contact us.



CARFAC National gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and our membership, and project support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Access Copyright Foundation.






CARFAC also wishes to thank our Event Partner, Mass Culture and our Silver Sponsors, Assurart and the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society and the Korean Cultural Centre




Has the artist been paid? Mais avez-vous payé l'artiste?