2022 Action Manifesto
Only work within spaces who draw attention to the economic and social inequalities that exist witin the arts and at least aim to resolve them through their workforce, and artist and community engagement.
Avocate for developing an environment of mutual respect between artist and institution.
Work together in the commons instead of in competition with other precarious / artist workers. Provide a work force.
Call for the remuneration of cultural value in capital value through strike action / refusal of work instead of undercutting other workers and/or settling for low or average pay.
Address the purposed irresponsibility of the art market and demands an end of the refusal to pay fees for the work we’re asked to provide. Preparation, installation, presentation, consultation, exhibition and reproduction. Fees are confirmed in a signed contract. Not only in light of Covid-19, contracts need to include cancellation clauses and fines for delayed payment of fees. Monies delayed by any more than 30 days of invoice sent incurs an 8% daily fine until payment is made.
Work against the economic inequalities that exist to prevent the art worker’s ability to survive within the greater economy. Fees need to reflect precatious work and the effort to keep work going.
Believe that the promise of ‘exposure’ is a liability in a system that denies the value of labour. Sourcing work is labour. As an unpaid force within a more robust market that we, where others profit greater than we, recognise an inherent and historical exploitation -- demand compensation.
QUESTION WHERE FUNDING IS SPENT AND HOW FUNDING IS DISTRIBUTED AMONGST ALL STAFF. WHERE DOES THE ARTIST’S FEES SIT?