Mission & Project Information

Sue Sturdy, Cambridge Main Street Bridge (Galt) covered in knitting

Sue Sturdy, Cambridge Main Street Bridge (Galt) covered in knitting

Art$Pay connects visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocates for fair pay.

Art$Pay is an in-depth tool for the visual arts sector, focusing on employment, marketing, education, professional development and public awareness. The launch of this new not-for profit initiative on November 22nd 2016 marks the beginning of a new conversation with the public; one centred on value, fair compensation and opportunities.

Developing an online resource and directory provides a conduit for the public and other sectors to art, education, information and a wide range of services and skills currently not easily accessed or well publicized. The goal is to make others' projects, efforts and events easier and more successful by providing the information necessary to plan and negotiate business transactions. 

Green is the colour of the Art$Pay logo - the colour renewal, energy, vitality, associated with growth, harmony, freshness and prosperity.

Photo by Lauren Judge of ceramics by Natalie Prevost

Photo by Lauren Judge of ceramics by Natalie Prevost

Code of Practice

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A code is a set of standards agreed on by a group of people who do a particular job, not describing how things are done, but how they should be done.

Art$Pay is intended to be developed as a tool for the negotiation of contracts, agreements and entry conditions, to explain business protocols  and procedures, build relationships and trust across sectors, establish standards and support professionalization in the visual arts sector.

Artists are generous and that can create a dilemma. Volunteering and donating should be personal choices. Giving it away for free, hanging it for free, however undermines efforts to establish value and to educate that art is a business, and those workers deserve to be paid fairly for their skills and work.

Help build it out. Offer suggestions, constructive criticism and content. Tell us about your needs. Make Art$Pay you own.

Myths and Best Practices

How to Get Listed in the Directory

The Benefits of Listing on Art$Pay

How to Get Decals and Postcards