Agreement in principle with the National Gallery of Canada – the RAAV and CARFAC negotiators express their satisfaction in a video
As announced last Monday, the RAAV and CARFAC negotiation committees have reached an agreement in principle with the National Gallery of Canada. This is a historic event – a first in Quebec and Canada, and perhaps in the world.
For the first time, visual artists’ associations have reached agreement with a national museum on the standards for display of artworks and levels of remuneration for professional services supplied by artists, including minimum copyright fees.
Procedure for ratifying the agreement
The next step will be for the boards of directors of the Gallery, RAAV, and CARFAC to ratify the agreement.
Then, the professional artists who are members of RAAV and CARFAC will be asked to familiarize themselves with the details of the agreement and vote to accept or reject it. Ratification of the agreement by the members is essential to its implementation.
A lengthy process
The two artists’ associations spent much time and effort on this framework over the last 12 years. It represents a major accomplishment, and the gains are tangible for the artists directly concerned.
Although the number of artists directly affected by the agreement is not very large. It is important to understand that it will have repercussions for all artists whose work is shown in museums, exhibition centres, and artist-run centres in Québec and Canada.
This is because the levels of remuneration and the standards established with the National Gallery of Canada will have an influence on those offered by other exhibition venues in Québec and Canada.
The details regarding the ratification procedure will be sent to artists and the text of the scale agreement will be put online in coming weeks. Keep an eye out!
Note: The interview starts in English and ends in French.