Robin Metcalfe calls for better compensation model for visual artists, museums

Robin Metcalfe (l) received a warm welcome from Andy Fillmore, MP for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Robin Metcalfe (l) received a warm welcome from Andy Fillmore, MP for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Director/Curator of Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Robin Metcalfe, appeared on January 31st before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Speaking as President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO-ODMAC), together with CAMDO Executive Director, Moira McCaffrey, he addressed the Committee on remuneration models for artists and creative industries, as part of a parliamentary review of the Copyright Act.

His presentation focused on models for managing copyright transactions between artists and galleries, such as fees for exhibitions, public talks, and reproduction of artworks.

“Many artists in Canada earn less than a living wage, and lack economic security. Museums are under pressure to alleviate this situation through expanded copyright payments to artists, but often face financial challenges themselves,” say Metcalfe. “CAMDO is calling for a more integrated model that doesn’t involve shifting the financial burden between artists and museums… robbing Peter to pay Paul, when both Peter and Paul require appropriate support to provide that public good.”

Read the full presentation:

CAMDO-ODMAC Brief to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Mémoire de CAMDO-ODMAC au Comité permanent du patrimoine canadien