Towards a fair cultural sector
For the ‘In No Particular Order’ exhibition during Dutch Design Week 2017, designer duo Lernert & Sander produced a work with ‘money’ as its starting point. They collected the project budgets of recipients of the Talent Development stipend to gain insight into the hourly rates of young creatives and how much they actually pay themselves. The research led to a conclusion that will come as no surprise to anyone who works in the cultural sector: designers at the start of their careers invest many hours of their own time and often make sacrifices to enable them to realize a project.
The new Fair Practice Code (in Dutch) is intended to give this group and other creatives various handles to discuss fees and conditions with commissioners. This code of conduct is meant to offer creatives, as well as institutions and commissioners, a framework to ensure fair remuneration in the cultural and creative sectors.
There are five core values that underpin the Fair Practice Code: Solidarity, Transparency, Sustainability, Diversity and Trust. These values are embodied in recommendations and objectives, such as ‘For work there is fair remuneration. As far as possible, collective labour agreements and guidelines for fees will be respected’ and ‘Production will be undertaken with a view to quality and the long term. This means investing in the potential and the development of the worker.’
The code is meant for everyone who is active in the cultural sector: commissioners, employers, employees and independent professionals. It is relevant to subsidized as well as non-subsidized persons and organizations. Institutions are asked to physically display the label for their visitors or audiences, e.g. on tickets or in programme booklets, when they subscribe to the code.
And lastly an appeal to the field of the creative industries. The code intentionally bears the subtitle Version 1.0. The intention is that the code will be developed further, with input from stakeholders. So if you would like to react or offer further input and additions, you are welcome to contact the code’s initiators via: [email protected]. A website with existing agreements, best practices and income models is currently under construction. The definitive Fair Practice Code will be ready in mid-2018.
In No Particular Order
This year’s edition of the ‘In No Particular Order’ exhibition is being staged from 21 to 29 October at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. The presentation includes the abovementioned project by Lernert & Sander, in which they respond to the artistic practice of the 33 talented creatives who received a stipend from Creative Industries Fund NL over the previous year. There is a public expert meeting around the theme of ‘Money’ from 11:00 to 12:00 on 25 October at the Van Abbemuseum, with Lernert & Sander in attendance.
Fair Practice Code (PDF in Dutch)
Richtlijn Kunstenaarshonoraria(in Dutch)