There is no
question that the last twelve months has taken its toll on the art world.
The spread of COVID-19 has created a series of obstacles that we, as an
industry, are still learning to navigate. With this in mind, ACS has
brought together a selection of the activities and areas that may be of
interest to our members below, including an exciting new service called
the Artist’s Resale Right
Au Jus (2021). Oil on linen. 60x70 cmby ACS &
City and Guilds of London Art School Studio Residency alumnus, Flora
Yukhnovich, who is now represented by Victoria Miro
gallery. Image courtesy of the artist
the turbulent time and the multiple lockdowns, ACS has continued to proudly advise
both member artists and
non-member artists about the support available to them through the arts council and government
funding. ACS has also begun developing new services
and forging new partnerships that we hope will be of benefit to our member artists.
One of the things that has become most apparent is that an
increasing number of our members are relying on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) royalties
we administer to support themselves and their artistic practices.
Given the support that ARR provides for artists and their estates, ACS is
delighted to confirm that government legislation has
safeguarded ARR for the thousands of artists and artists’
estates who rely upon the royalty, following the United Kingdom’s
departure from the European Union.
our members have
spoken to us about the logistical and legal difficulties that they have
faced when administering estates of artists who have died without leaving
a will or who have made no plans for the care and management of their
work after their death. To help combat this, ACS directors Pierre
Valentin (partner at Constantine Cannon LLP) and John Martin (John Martin
Gallery) have teamed up with other professionals to form Artistate. Artistate
provides specialist legal, financial planning, tailored for established
artists and artist estates.
Artistate has recently launched its online questionnaire which aims to
help ACS members identify some of the complexities that artists and their
estates may face.
Clockwise: Bankroll (2020), Kebab (2020), Rolling
Tobacco (2020)by ACS Studio Prize Winner 2020 Dion
Kitson. Images courtesy of the artist
In the face of so many challenges over the past year, ACS is
delighted to have been able to continue supporting graduates, emerging artists and
We are proud to announce the return of the fifth ACS Studio Prize,
opening on 1 April, which gives one student or recent graduate £4,500 to
help fund an artist’s studio for a year. This year’s judging panel will
be made up of artist Bob & Roberta Smith, and ACS Managing Director
and founder of Bridgeman Images, Harriet Bridgeman.
In addition, Senior Manager Kimberley Ahmet has begun to deliver ACS' intellectual property talks virtually.
The ACS talks are designed to equip students with essential
knowledge regarding copyright and ACS is committed to ensuring that
as many students as possible leave university with practical tools, even
though we have not been able to visit in person. These have taken place
across the country, including the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL),
Kingston University and the Royal Drawing School. ACS has also
contributed to educational literature on the subject for Turf Projects,
as part of their Arts Council England (ACE) funded ‘Artist Groundwork’
Visit the ACS website to
find out more about our community interest initiatives.
As many of
you already know, Bridgeman Images is ACS' sister company. Representing
over 1,000 artists and artists’ estates for their copyright, Bridgeman is
renowned as one of the leading licencing agencies within the publishing,
editorial, advertising, television, film, and design and product
Like the Artist’s Resale Right,
licencing your work through copyright, reproduction and extended
licencing rights can provide a welcome source of revenue. If you are
interested in learning more about Bridgeman or would like to join, you
can contact Bridgeman’s Artists Manager Aretha Campbell here.
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you would like your exhibitions and activities to be included, please tag
us into your social media posts or email information and images to ACS
Artist Liaison Victoria Heald here.
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