“The rally to support the scheme’s retention has finally brought some balance to the debate about the resale right. Artists overwhelmingly want this scheme but until now they have been the silent majority as many gallery owners and art market professionals have held the floor strongly opposing the scheme because of its administrative requirements. However, now that the scheme has been operating for three years, many of the new processes are now in place and becoming second nature to galleries with some private commercial galleries coming out in support of the scheme.”
- Tamara Winikoff OAM, NAVA’s Executive Director
Artists have come out en masse to protect Australia’s resale royalty scheme which delivers multiple benefits to artists. They are sending a strong message to the Federal Arts Minister Senator George Brandis who will shortly be making a decision about the scheme’s future.
In just a few short weeks, more than 3,600 artists and art lovers have signed a petition set up by the National Association for the Visual Arts supporting the Resale Right for Artists and urging the Arts Minister to uphold the right “which will build a stronger and more professional creative sector in this country for decades to come”.
Ms Winikoff sent the petition to Senator Brandis yesterday, urging him to consider the views of artists and meet with NAVA to discuss potential refinements to the scheme to improve it and create “a lasting legacy for artists”.
A further 70 established artists are signatories to a letter sent very recently to Senator Brandis in support of the scheme and more than 100 artists from all over Australia have staged an exhibition at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in Leichhardt, which was extended until May 24 2014.