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Artists' group takes National Gallery of Canada to Supreme Court for mandatory minimum payments

Should artists be paid a minimum payment for exhibitions? That's the question the Canadian Artists' Representation (CARFAC) is taking to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. CARFAC, which represents the rights of Canadian visual artists, is looking to establish a mandatory base fee for people exhibiting their work at the Crown-owned National Gallery of Canada....
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Should artists be paid a minimum payment for exhibitions? That's the question the Canadian Artists' Representation (CARFAC) is taking to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. CARFAC, which represents the rights of Canadian visual artists, is looking to establish a mandatory base fee for people exhibiting their work at the Crown-owned National Gallery of Canada.

"Artists don't make a lot of money...half of Canada's artists make less than $8,000 a year," Grant McConnell, the president of CARFAC tells Carol. "We think quite reasonably that the flagship institution in the country, the National Gallery, should be welcoming us at the table, and welcoming a chance to pay adequately."

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