Category Archives: CARFAC

Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC 2014-2015 New Board Announcement

AGM in CAlgary

At the Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC AGM in Calgary that took place on Saturday October 18th, the new board for 2014 – 2015 took office. They are Sydney Lancaster President; John Maywood Vice President; Jean Lindsay Treasurer; Carli Castle Secretary, Paddy Lamb CARFAC Board Representative; Gisa Mayer Calgary Director; Joe Clare Director, Heather Huston Director, Jeff Jean-Francois Rodier Director, Ruby J. Mah Director, Sara McKarney Director and Bruce Watson Director. Congratulations!

New CARFAC shirts available for sale

Good Selection of sizes Has the Artist Been Paid on Black or Dark Blue and Vigilance is Completely Necessary on purple (produced by CARFAC Ontario ) $30.00 each
Mais Avez – Vous Paye L’Artiste? (produced by RAAV) $20.00 each

phone 1.866.421.1731 or email us to order. Can deliver to Calgary at our AGM on October 18th at ACAD… Visit us Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC at our office / gallery  – 3rd floor, 10215 112 Street in Edmonton. Wed – Fri 10am to 4pm and sat: noon – 4pm (Closed October 11th).

CARFAC wins at Supreme Court May 14th, 2014

Supreme Court unanimously decides in favour of artists

Group - SC-squareWednesday, May 14, 2014 – Visual artists had a big victory today at the Supreme Court in the fight for minimum artist fees at the National Gallery of Canada. In a unanimous decision from the bench, the court allowed an appeal on behalf of artist restoring an earlier decision that found in their favour.

At issue was a perceived conflict between the Status of the Artist Act and the Copyright Act. The associations that represent artists, CARFAC and RAAV, had been trying to negotiate binding minimum fees for the payment of artists at the gallery, similar to a minimum wage. The gallery essentially argued CARFAC and RAAV, were taking away the right of artists to be paid less if they chose. In allowing the appeal, the court rejected this argument and, in an unusual move, ruled immediately after oral arguments.

Artists from across Canada in attendance were delighted with the results. “It’s a good day for artists,” said Grant McConnell, president of CARFAC. “This is a major victory for all artists in Canada and Quebec.”

“We are looking forward to resuming negotiations as we always wanted to do since 2003,” said Karl Beveridge, co-chair of the negotiation committee.

We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has donated to support this legal effort. You made this victory possible!

We would also like to thank our lawyers, David Yazbeck, Michael Fisher and Wassim Garzouzi.

Write a Letter of Support for the Artist Resale Right

The Canadian Arts Coalition wants you to consider writing or signing a  letter of support for CARFAC’s proposal to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.
Some interest has been expressed by the government on the issue and CARFAC hopes that a strong show of support from individuals throughout the Arts + Culture sector will give them enough additional leverage for things to move forward.

To sign on to the letter, you can get in touch with CARFAC directly at Additional information about the Artist’s Resale Right can be found on CARFAC’s websiteA sample letter follows…

Minister Glover,
As members of the arts sector from across Canada and spanning artistic disciplines, we would like to add our support to CARFAC and RAAV’s proposal to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.
Already law in at least 69 countries, the Artist Resale Right would give artists 5% when their work is resold. The full value of an artwork often isn’t realized on the initial sale – it is common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows. For example, Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $58,650. Ashevak got nothing from the resale.
Artists are the heart of the creative economy – there would be no galleries or art festivals without them. As you know, the arts sector is a huge economic driver, contributing almost $50 billion to Canada’s economy and creating 630,000 jobs. The visual arts play an important role in these numbers. For example, in 2013, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche was attended by more than one million people including 190,000 out-of-town visitors. An Ipsos Reid survey found that the economic impact for Toronto generated by the event was $39.5 million.
And yet half of visual artists in Canada earn less than $8000 per year. Even Governor General Award winning artists are forced to work second jobs to support their art practice. The Artist’s Resale Right is a way to support these artists so they can focus on what they do best – creating the artwork that is the driving force behind the creative economy and generates important economic returns for this country. Best of all, it will not cost the government a dime.
Action from the government to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada would be widely embraced by the arts sector.


Another reason to join CARCC

By joining CARCC you can take advantage of a new service offered by
Access Copyright (open to CARCC members that will receive copyright payments from Access Copyright) called a©eCreator (see below)… 

splashtitleCARCC stands for Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective Inc.  CARCC was established in 1990 by CARFAC,Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens, a professional association that works for visual artists.  CARCC was founded to put into practice the principles concerning artists’ copyrights for which CARFAC continues to advocate – the professional practice of using written agreements (licences) and the payment of appropriate fees for the use of copyright.  To find out more about joining CARCC: click here

CARFAC is the member organization but CARCC works with Access Copyright through agreement. Access Copyright is launching a new service for the writer/artist community and we want you to be among the first to see it.

a©eCreator is a cloud-based service developed to help you during and after your content creation process by providing an easy way to send, track, monitor, locate, and backup your work. And the best part: a©eCreator is a complimentary service and one of the many benefits to being an Access Copyright affiliate.

a©eCreator offers: Access to files any time, anywhere using only a browser; Secure file backup on multiple servers; Auto generated record of where, how,  and when files were sent; Unlimited data storage and Ability to share large files with others (e.g. publisher, literary agents)

Fight For Minimum Artist’s Fees Goes To Court


Fifty days to the Supreme Court

The fight for the fair payment of artists at the National Gallery of Canada is going to the Supreme Court. Artists will be heading to the Supreme Court in just fifty days to defend their right to minimum artist fees at the National Gallery of Canada.

Artists vs National GalleryHere are some numbers that paint a quick picture of this ongoing fight:

Many of you have contributed to this campaign and we are now more than halfway to our fundraising goal. Your generosity and support is what has gotten us this far. But we still have ground to cover.
If you have not had a chance, please consider making a contribution. If you have already contributed, please share this story with your friends via email, facebook, twitter, word of mouth, etc.

For more information, visit our website.


CARFAC: Survey about Artists’ Fees across Canada

Help CARFAC find out what is happening with Artist Fees across Canada!

CARFAC: a  survey about artist fees (exhibition, reproduction, professional services) that artists have been paid in the last 3 years. We have an agreement with CMA, CAMDO, and ARCA on fees – but it’s a voluntary agreement, and it would be helpful to know what artists’ experiences have actually been.



Please take the time to complete the survey, and share it with other artists you know. We’ve had a really great response so far – 133 in just a few hours. This kind of info is really helpful in our future negotiations, and we haven’t done one like it in a very long time. Artist associations in other countries have done similar ones (UK, US, Ireland, etc), so it would be interesting to compare our results to theirs.
tel: (613) 233-6161
fax: (613) 233-6162
toll-free: 866-344-6161


CARFAC Minimum Fee Schedule

Minimum Artist fees went up 3% effective January 01st, 2014.
Check out the new fee schedule here:  

Artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work.
The CARFAC minimum fee schedule is sort of like a minimum wage for artists. It sets minimum recommended rates for the use of artwork and certain services that visual artists provide. Widely recognized as the national standard, rates are all recommendations. That said, many arts councils require that public galleries pay artist’s fees as a condition of their funding. And artists have rights that help them to get paid. Continue Reading

Eighteen Inuit Artists Miss Out On Resale Payments

Inuit ArtistsWednesday, November 20, 2013 – Eighteen living Inuit artists saw their work go up for auction on Monday at  Waddington’s auction house in Toronto.

It is common for artwork to increase in value over time but these profits are not currently shared with the artists.

The Canadian associations of visual artists (CARFAC & RAAV) have requested that the government address this discrepancy by adding the Artist’s Resale Right to the Canadian Copyright Act as has been done in at least 69 other countries.

For additional information see here and Email your MP

Canada Council Inter-Arts Office Report On Consulations

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From May 1 to July 31, 2013, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Inter-Arts Office held a national consultation to inform its review of operating programs. The report, What We Heard, brings together 221 quotes from meetings with over 300 stakeholders and over 100 crowd engagement platform and email submissions from across the country.

Download the report
Send feedback by December 15:
Changes to programs will be announced during the spring of 2014.