Report shows past UK-wide frameworks for artists' fees

A new report provides a historical context of the Payment to Artists for Exhibition of Work scheme implemented by the (then) Arts Council of Great Britain in 1979.

The Brief History of Exhibition Payment Right provides a historical context and evidence-base within the Paying artists research and advocacy campaign that was activated in 2013 by a-n and AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation).

In 1979, the (then) Arts Council of Great Britain implemented the Payment to Artists for Exhibition of Work scheme and set a standard fee of £100 per solo show for artists when exhibiting their work in the public. A lobby in the years prior from artists including Conrad Atkinson, an Artists Union member, had played a significant part in this policy breakthrough.

For this report, and to find out what happened beyond those great aspirations for a universally adopted ‘right’ for artists, we looked back into the unique reference resource that is a-n’s archive.

Download the report here http://www.a-n.co.uk/publications/article/4422267/4082494