Many people profit when an artwork is sold in the secondary market – but not the artist.
The Artist’s Resale Right would allow visual artists to receive 5% when their work is resold – just as they do in at least 94 other countries.
CARFAC has been advocating for an Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) for many years. Here is a summary of our proposal.
Why this matters
The full value of an artwork often isn’t seen on the first sale. It is common for visual art to increase in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows.
For example, Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $158,500. Ashevak received nothing from the sale.
Help Bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada
Our advocacy work on this issue led to a commitment from the Liberals to amend the Copyright Act to include an Artist’s Resale Right and last fall it was listed as a priority in the Mandate Letters of Minister Rodriguez and Minister Champagne.
How you can help
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