Recently, the issue of paying artists has become a very hot topic given how many cultural and creative practitioners are self employed and operate as sole traders or micro businesses.
The Paying Artists Campaign is at the forefront of drawing attention to how poorly visual artists are paid to exhibit in publicly-funded galleries. But there is much more work to be done on pricing the work of cultural and creative practitioners of all kinds in a fair and transparent way so that the financial value of the work our community does is properly benchmarked both within our different practices and in comparison to other sectors.
The Cultural Enterprise Office offers guides to how you might price your work and the Scottish Artists Union and a-n The Artists Information Company publishes actual guidance on fees and day rates, although only for visual artists. a-n’s table sets out a framework for artists’ fees for work such as commissions, residencies, community projects and gallery education, that reflect artists’ career stage, experience level and overheads, take account of the nature and costs of self-employment and align artists’ practices with comparator professions.
We hope to be doing some more work in this area, including on other forms of currency such as bartering and LETS and other forms of economies, but in the meantime, use the tools we have linked to reflect on how you are pricing your work and listen to Susan Jones, who founded The Artists Information Company and first created their toolkit, talk about pricing in the video below: