WAGES FOR WAGES AGAINST is a campaign that aims for the general payment of artist fees by non-profit art institutions within Switzerland.
At the moment most art institutions in Switzerland don’t pay fees to artists who take part in their programs.
We, artists, want to be compensated for the services we provide.
We do not think exposure is enough as payment.
We do not want to speculate on our own success, therefore waiting on the art market to decide whether our work deserves remuneration.
We want to minimize financial inequalities within the Swiss art community, therefore opening the field to less-privileged individuals.
We ask all fellow artists to systematically demand a fee when they enter in relation to an art organization.
We require all non-profit art institutions to fulfill their mission to serve public good by putting a line on their budget for artist fees.
We demand public authorities and private foundations in Switzerland to establish new directives advocating the payment of artist fees by cultural organizations they financially support.
If you want to JOIN, SUPPORT, RECEIVE INFORMATION about upcoming events, meetings and news:
Friday June 2nd, 2017, 5 pm
at Frode Café
Forde, Coulouvrenière 11, 2nd floor, 1204 Geneva
OPEN DISCUSSION ON ARTISTS FEES
hosted by Lauren Huret and Tiphanie Blanc
Vendredi 2 juin 2017, 17h
À Frode Café
Forde, Coulouvrenière 11, 2e étage, 1204 Genève
DISCUSSION OUVERTE SUR LE SALAIRE DES ARTISTES
modérée par Lauren Huret et Tiphanie Blanc
Saturday March 4th, 2017, 4 pm
at Kunsthalle Zurich
“ARTISTS, DO YOU WANT TO BE PAID?”
a talk and public discussion in the context of the exhibition "Speak, Lokal" at Kunsthalle Zurich. Visual artists in Switzerland and elsewhere are mostly not remunerated when they contribute to an exhibition. We will try to understand why they aren’t and why they should.
Ramaya Tegegne invites Marina Vishmidt,
London-based writer, editor, critic and cultural organizer occupied mainly with questions around art, labour, value and feminism. She contributes regularly to Mute, May, Afterall, e-flux, Texte Zur Kunst, Parkett and related periodicals and catalogues. She has taught at many art universities including Goldsmiths, Dutch Art Institute, Central Saint Martins and University of the Art Berlin.
RELATED CAUSES WORLDWIDE
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), USA
Paying Artists, UK
KRO/KIF – The MU Agreement, Sweden
Économie solidaire de l’art, France
Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)
European Artists’ Rights