The Artist’s Resale Right provides artists with a fair share of the rising value of their work. We need your help to spread word. Below are some of the ways you can get involved.
Header image: Sail Away, 2011 © Susan Stockwell. Photograph Miles Roberts.
Politicians must understand the importance of royalties to artists, our culture and the economy.
Please use the letter below to write to your MP. You can add your own thoughts and experience with Resale Right royalties.
Dear <MP name>,
In these uncertain times, keep the UK’s creative industries booming
Our leadership may be undetermined, but the success of the arts is not. The UK arts, culture and creative industries are booming, growing at twice the rate of the economy. We have the second largest art market in the world – and the largest in the EU. DCMS sectors contribute almost £250 billion to the UK economy.
Artist’s Resale Right royalties help to feed this boom. It’s a similar idea to author or musician royalties, but for visual artists. Every time a work is resold by an auction house, gallery or dealer for over €1000, a royalty is paid out to the creator. Since it became law in 2006, more than 5000 artists (and their estates) have received over £80 million in royalties, distributed by DACS. It’s fair, it keeps them working and it feeds our creative economy.
Artist’s rely on royalty payments. To protect UK artists – and the UK’s unique position as a cultural powerhouse – we must keep the Resale Right. If artists can’t survive, they can’t create. Artists, our creative economy and the richness of British life will suffer.
The arts are vital to the UK’s success and must not be left behind. Please put your support into action by writing to the Secretaries of State for BEIS and DCMS. Make it clear that the UK must retain the Artist’s Resale Right, whatever the political circumstances. You can also sign up as a named supporter of our campaign. If you care about creativity, it’s the right thing to do.
No one conveys the importance of the Artist’s Resale Right better than artists. If you have benefited from the Resale Right, we want to hear from you.