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ChChChCh – Changes

I often wonder if I am the only one who listens to radio while writing and has these serendipitous collisions.  My theme for this Post is about change.  And guess what is playing on the radio?  David Bowie’s Changes and I’m flummoxed again. “Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

As I recently went through my annual, winter process of clearing out the old and welcoming the new, I came to realize that I have neglected to introduce myself to you properly. So by way of introduction, I am Nancy Cole, a contemporary visual textile artist living a happily reclusive existence on the shore near Summerside, PEI.

As Chair, CARFAC Maritimes, my focus is to strengthen our membership. Working together, we can make a difference.  The Maritimes is bursting with incredible artists but sadly, many are compelled to leave in search of a living wage.

We have recently made a big step by appointing our first Executive Director, CARFAC Maritimes.  This is something for us to celebrate.  Anna Rail from Dieppe NB, is a positive and powerful force of nature.  She comes to CARFAC firstly as a volunteer assuming the responsibility for processing memberships and has quickly embraced the responsibilities of Executive Director.   We have a lot to do and I am really excited about working with Anna to move us forward, raising our profile and embracing new members.  http://www.railbatik.com/

CARFAC Maritimes has become an important part of my practice.  Being part of a collective of like minded professionals has given me hope that someday things will change and the Maritimes will embrace artists with fair pay for the valuable work we do.  I actually think this is the start of exciting times for us.  PEI is developing a cultural policy; NB already has developed its policy in 2002 and NS has a cultural and heritage policy but policies need continuous scrutiny and CARFAC Maritimes should be there; lobbying, educating and supporting the professional needs of our artists.  It takes time and patience and our governments are listening.  Public events such as Art in the Open and Nocturne are huge economic boosts and the numbers show that the public wants this stuff.  And the public is the vote. When I discuss the ‘paid by exposure’ mentality to politicians, organizations and the general public, there is a glimmer of understanding that essentially, this isn’t fair.

As for my work as a fellow artist, I don’t maintain a website or participate in social media.  Orwell had a bigger influence than I expected when I first read Animal Farm and 1984. But one must have an online presence so if you would like to see what I do, here is a link.  This will take you into my portfolio folder on dropbox.  If you take a moment to see my work, I invite you to leave a comment on my guestbook file.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4w4uwpuw82pp938/AAAmtoHkKI28jZdXZTU6tJcKa?dl=0

Anna will also welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at this email address:

Membership@carfacmaritimes.org

p.s.  my email is perrywinkle.cole@gmail.com just in case you want to chat.

 

 

 

 

Susan Tooke to act as spokesperson for visual artists in Canada

Halifax artist Susan Tooke was chosen to be the spokesperson for visual artists in Canada at CARFAC’s annual meeting, held this year in Saskatoon. Tooke takes over from Saskatoon artist Grant McConnell, who has been president of CARFAC since 2011.

“It is now more critical than ever for artists to stand together and work for the right to earn a living wage.” said Tooke.

New faces include Ottawa artist Sanjeev Sivarulrasa as Treasurer and New Brunswick artist Serge V. Richard as the Maritimes’ representative. Artist Ingrid Percy of Corner Brook, Newfoundland becomes Vice-President, and artist Paddy Lamb completes the Executive as Secretary.

About Susan Tooke

Nova Scotian artist Susan Tooke works in painting, media arts and book illustration. She received her formal artistic training from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master’s of Media Studies program at the New School in New York City.

Chosen for a media arts scholarship by the Centre for Art Tapes (2014-15), she is currently working with sound, video and sensors to create virtual environments based on threatened wilderness spaces.

Susan is a four-time winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for her contributions to children’s literature.

Her volunteer work includes Past President of CARFAC Maritimes, board member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and board member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, an advisory board on arts policy to the Nova Scotia government.

CARFAC is guided by a board made up of regional representatives, and several members at large. The time commitment donated by these artists during their terms constitutes a substantial contribution to CARFAC as a national organization.

Artists overwhelmingly approve Canada’s first labour agreement with the National Gallery

Artists across Canada have voted in record numbers to ratify Canada’s first scale agreement for visual artists at the National Gallery of Canada.

Major gains have been advanced for artists through this agreement, which sets out mandatory minimum fees and working conditions offered to artists by the gallery. Artists remain free to negotiate above these minimums, but they can never be offered less.

The agreement includes significant increases in fees paid for temporary exhibitions (for example, $8,250 for a solo exhibition, and $16,500 to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale), and the gallery is now paying CARFAC’s recommended rates for image reproductions, with some exceptions. Additionally, artists will be compensated for professional services offered to the gallery, including preparation and installation of an exhibition, and providing lectures and public presentations.

“We would like to thank our members for voting and for the commitment you have shown to the importance of this agreement,” said CARFAC president, Grant McConnell.

“The results of this vote indicate artists’ confidence in CARFAC and RAAV as bargaining representatives, as well as the certainty that we have achieved a fair and reasonable agreement with the National Gallery of Canada,” said RAAV president, Manon Pelletier.

The agreement will be in place for 3 years, and includes a 1.5% annual increase. The entire agreement, including contracts and fee schedules, will be posted on CARFAC and RAAV’s websites: www.carfac.ca and www.raav.org.

The vote on this agreement closed on February 23rd at 5pm EST. Ballots voted on by CARFAC members were delivered to external vote scrutinizers Welch LLP, who reported back to us on February 24th that our members were overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the terms of settlement negotiated between CARFAC and the National Gallery of Canada. In Quebec, RAAV conducted an online vote, collected externally by Sémato. On February 23rd, Sémato informed RAAV that artists in Quebec unanimously approved the agreement.

CARFAC’s voting stats are as follows:

  • 1858 ballots were distributed to eligible artist voting members in good standing
  • 976 ballots were received. The return rate of 53% far surpasses our legal voting requirements.
  • 974 votes cast approving the terms of settlement, representing a 99.8% approval rate.
  • 2 votes cast opposed to the terms of settlement, representing 0.2% of the vote.

CARFAC National AGM in Ottawa!

National Conference for Visual Artists
June 9th & 10th, Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa

National Art Law Conference
June 8th – 10th, Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa

The Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is pleased to invite visual artists from across Canada to attend our annual conference in Ottawa at the Lord Elgin Hotel.

This year, CARFAC is excited to be hosting two national conferences in Ottawa, one for visual artists and one for art lawyers – the first of its kind in Canada. Some events will overlap, but the two groups will split for specialized panels and breakout groups.

CARFAC Maritimes Annual General Meeting 2012 – Moncton!

CARFAC Maritimes’ Annual General Meeting will be held this year at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, on May 19, from 9am to 4pm. In addition to our business meeting, panel discussions and workshops will focus on the upcoming Best Practices project (in partnership with l’AAAPNB) and other topics of interest. We hope to provide our members and public with a bilingual event!

All members of CARFAC Maritimes are urged to attend. Past members are urged to come and renew their membership. Artists interested in joining, or finding out about the organization, are welcome.