Tools for visual artists

With resources on artist’s fees, exporting, taxes, grants, copyright, insurance, marketing, and more – CARFAC has what you need!

Are you a fantastic artist but not sure how to earn money from it? Look no further.

Some basic information and guidelines are available for everyone. Detailed info sheets, toolkits, services and discounts are just for members.

Artist’s Fees Guidelines

How much should you be paid when your work is exhibited, used in catalogues, etc? CARFAC has guidelines.

Gallery Guide for Artists (2012)

Listings from 400 galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland with information on submissions, artist’s fees, framing, shipping, and more. Members can email us to ask for a copy.

Copyright for Visual Artists

Basic information about copyright for visual artists is available for everyone.
A more detailed toolkit about recent changes and how to protect your work is only for members – email us to ask for a copy.

Selling and Exhibiting Artwork Outside Canada

Don’t get stuck at the border because you waited until the last minute to get your paperwork. Planning ahead will make the process much smoother and save you a lot of stress. Learn more.

Certificates of Canadian Origin

This certificate identifies original works of art of Canadian origin, allowing them to be temporarily exported abroad without GST implications. Members get a discount. Learn more.

International Association of Art card

Grants free or discounted entry to many museums in Western Europe and elsewhere. IAA cards are available to CARFAC members only. More about the IAA card.

Resolving Legal Issues

Have a legal problem? CARFAC has a list of resources for resolving legal problems. Members can email us to ask for a copy. We can also link members to other legal resources and services – give us a call or send us an email, with information about your specific issue.

Artist’s Contracts

Contract templates designed by lawyers to protect your rights as an artist. Far cheaper than having a lawyer write a contract from scratch, this book could also save you legal fees if you ever had a problem. For sale through CARFAC Ontario – members get a discount.

The Visual Artists’ Guide to Estate Planning

Creating an estate plan is not a simple task, but the long-term benefits of a plan will prove, in the end, to be very helpful to you and to those you care about most. For sale through CARFAC Ontario – members get a discount.

Information for Artists

Indispensible guide for artists with chapters on: Income Tax, Insurance, the Grant Application Process, Business Structure and Bookkeeping, Publicizing Your Work, Art Rental Programs, Copyright and more! For sale through CARFAC Ontario – members get a discount.


CARFAC members benefit from workshops offered across the country, on topics such as contract negotiation, tax preparation, marketing, grant writing, and more.

Best Practice Standards

How can artists, galleries and dealers work together respectfully? These guides cover dealers, public galleries, art commissions, juried exhibitions, fundraisers, and aboriginal arts. Learn more.

Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective

Through its licensing services, CARCC can help an artist to protect copyright and to benefit from it. Collective administration of copyright means that there is strength in numbers. Some of the copyrights administered by CARCC are Exhibition, Reproduction, Reprography, and Telecommunication.

Other Information sheets

Covering taxes, exporting, income tax, GST, insurance, marketing, health hazards, business structures and more! Members can email us to ask for copies.

Membership Pays

As you can see, members of CARFAC have access to a number of important resources that could easily save you the cost of membership.

Your membership fees also work to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada and make it possible for us to fight for minimum artists’ fees at the National Gallery of Canada.


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