Meadow Arts is proud to be a supporter of the Paying Artists campaign, which aims to ensure that artists are fairly paid for showing their work in publically funded galleries.
At Meadow Arts we believe that supporting artists is extremely important: this has been a vital part of our ethos from the earliest days, when Meadow Arts began as Meadow Gallery, to the present day. We have always paid the artists we work with to make commissioned work, ensuring that they have the financial means to take on new challenges in the exceptional locations where our exhibitions take place.
Artist Faye Claridge was artist in residence at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron in 2015. Weighty Friend was one of the artworks produced; an intervention on the Iron Bridge. Photograph by Nathan Tromans.
Supported by Arts Council England, the Artist’s Information Company a-n has undertaken an energetic campaign over the past few years to ensure that all artists are paid fairly: a-n are the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK and in 2013 they, and their representation group AIR, surveyed artists to find out more about how much they are paid and where the money comes from.
The survey results showed that artists were not being remunerated for exhibiting their work in publicly funded galleries, so they launched the Paying Artists campaign, consulting with over 2,000 individuals (including artists, curators, funders, arts producers, museums, galleries, local authorities and other public commissioners) in a bid to change the payment system for artists.
Meadow Arts has wholeheartedly supported this campaign and was an early adopter of the new artist payment guidelines.