Paying Artists


Paying Artists : Campaign Update

Led by a-n and AIR, the Paying Artists campaign wants to see artists remunerated for exhibiting in publicly-funded spaces. Since launch in May last year, discussion and debate on artists’ pay has gained momentum across the visual arts sector.

Milestones so far
UK artists Yinka Shonibare and Jeremy Deller lend their support. Read supporting statements
More arts organisations support the campaign
ACE requires NPO galleries to demonstrate fair pay policies
Campaign support from Shadow Culture Minister Helen Goodman MP
a-n begins consulting sector on an Exhibition Fees Framework to aid transparency
Significant UK and international media coverage
Mark Brown’s Guardian article achieves more than 28,000 online shares
Over 10,000 views of Why pay artists? campaign video
Campaigns research cited in Lord’s debate on government support for individual artists

Plans for 2015
​There is much still to do to ensure the long term benefits of the campaign are realised:
Consultation continues with the opening of an online survey this February enabling the sector to contribute to Exhibition Fees Framework
Ongoing events including partnered events in Scotland and Wales
Publication of draft Exhibition Fees Framework and guidance for testing by the sector
Information and advocacy pack to support artists in making the case
What can you do?
We need influencers at all levels to make a case for Paying Artists, ensuring that the benefits of doing so are accepted as good for the UK’s creative economy, for the diversity of our visual arts offer and the long term benefits of society.

We ask you to:
Actively support the Paying Artists campaign by signing up if you haven’t already and ask people in your network to do the same
Tweet about what you’re doing to support Paying Artists in your area with #payingartists @AIR_artists
Input to our exhibition fees framework and guidance by taking part in one of our surveys coming soon at
Thank you for your support!

a-n / AIR

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