Friday, 3 December 2010

A VAAA Blog post that I had to share!

I wanted to share a post that I found on the Visual Arts Alberta Association (VAAA)  blog. I recommend this blog to everyone! It is absolutely full of up-to-date information relevant for, art enthusiasts who may be looking for a show or program to attend, as well as tons of calls for entry, job postings, news  and much more that may be interesting to both emerging and established artist.

The post below is written by Amy Fung, and printed in Vue Weekly, which is Edmonton's independent arts and entertainment weekly magazine.  This article focuses on another great Canadian organization; the Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens, commonly known as CARFAC. 

CARFAC is a very important organization for Canadian artists and arts organizations or organizations who want to suport Canadian art, as well as for any atists working within Canada. CARFAC is known to set standards for many practices within the realm of Professional Art.

The following content is taken from the VAAA blog, however at the end of this section of the article there is a link to the full article on Vue Weekly site.

Recently, I attended my first National Conference for Visual Artists as organized by CARFAC, the Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens. Up until then, I (and apparently many others) had only ever referred to CARFAC for their exhibition fee schedule, which provided a guideline for artist fees according to the type of exhibition. Even a day into the conference, when somebody asked me what the CARFAC acronym stood for, I blankly blinked at them without a clue. As a 42-year-old organization whose first president was Edmonton’s own Sylvian Voyer, how did CARFAC completely slip my field of consciousness? As a national organization that champions the rights of professional artists through proactive lobbying for better legislation and bringing to the table up-to-date issues such as implementing resale rights for Canadian artists, CARFAC—at least in Alberta—has simply not been a factor for emerging arts professionals, and this is a problem for us all.

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