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Worth what?

Sometimes I just don’t get it.

How is it that someone spends hours upon hours of creative energy, time and labour, and yet they either get offered a pittance or almost nothing at all for their efforts that are unique and special?
Such is our consumer, mass produced society. But, it is way to easy just to throw your hands up and leave it at that. For a change you, an individual, has a chance to make a difference.. Below is an exert from one of the latest National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) trying to be organised to make a difference for everyday artists.

Please follow the link and sign the petition, and when this action is over, take it upon yourself to talk up artists, and their unique work, and not just by mass produced dross. Be an individual & support creative individuals!

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“Your last chance to support fair payment of artists’ fees
Sign the Petition today!
To help us reach our target of 5,000 signatures in support of fair payment of artists’ fees, NAVA urges you to sign the petition (here), if you haven’t already done so, and help us spread the word by encouraging everyone you know to get behind this vital campaign. We are getting close to 3,000 signatures but we still have a way to go.
The petition calls on the Government to mandate payment of artists’ fees for art work exhibited in public galleries either on loan or commissioned from artists, at the rates recommended in NAVA’s Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector.

As you may be aware, NAVA has always been a strong advocate for artists’ right to be paid at an appropriate level for their work and the contribution they make to the cultural life of the community. Though some galleries do pay at the recommended minimum level or above, many others still do not.
In order to enable small to medium galleries and other exhibition spaces to meet their obligations, the petition also calls for the Government to allocate funds to provide these galleries where needed, with adequate additional financial support specified for this purpose.
It is intended that this petition will be presented to Arts Minister, Simon Crean in August to ask for this new contribution towards artists’ financial sustainability to be included as part of the forthcoming National Cultural Policy, promised for delivery later this year.
Please sign the petition here and send out through your networks to others who may be willing to join in. The fast approaching deadline is August 6th 2012.
www.change.org/petitions/australian-commonwealth-government-mandated-payment-of-fair-artists-fees “

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