Should artists be paid for taking part in publicly funded exhibitions? - Museums Association

Should artists be paid for taking part in publicly funded exhibitions?

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In the past few months anger has been growing among the artistic community about the number of publicly funded galleries that commission artists to work for free.

The Paying Artists campaign says that more than 70% of contemporary visual artists who have taken part in a publicly funded exhibition in the past three years have not received a fee. And 63% of artists have had to turn down requests from galleries to exhibit their work because they cannot afford to do so without pay.



The campaign, which has been supported by artists and Arts Council England, wants to create national policy and guidance on paying artists and to include pay policy in museums’ and galleries’ funding agreements.

What impact would such a move have on museums and galleries that are already financially stretched? Is publicity and promotion fair recompense for artists?

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