How to Get Paid



With Platform BK, Smart, Belgium, Trabajadores de arte Contemporáneo, UKS
Moderated by Ilaria Conti [AWI]

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The third roundtable of HYPERUNIONISATION focused on sharing the collaborative tools that ensure fair pay for artistic work, both material and immaterial. The conversation focused on the models currently in use in European and non-European contexts, as well as on the translatable and suitable strategies in the Italian system. The discussion on how to design adequate wage systems, ensure their implementation in public and private bodies and meet the diverse needs of art workers will be used to call into question the tools that AWI is currently developing, including remuneration tables and contractual models to be made available to workers and institutions in Italy.

Platform BK deals with the role of art in society and takes action to improve art policies in the Netherlands. The group represents artists, curators, designers, critics and other cultural agents and has been committed since its foundation to ensuring fair pay for artists. Platform BK is among the co-initiators of a rate card that aimed to professionalise the contractual practice between institutions and artists, helping to improve artists’ incomes.

Smart is a non-profit organisation created in Belgium in 1998 and currently operating in 6 European countries. The cooperative aims to simplify and support the professional paths of the creative and cultural operators and help the freelance workers to develop their business through a “shared enterprise” model, offering secure solutions and services that would otherwise be non-existent or inaccessible to individuals. These include information, training, legal advice, a professional social network, and co-working spaces.

Trabajadores de Arte Contemporáneo sdevelops tools for a system that recognizes the economic value of the labour of art workers. The project was conceived in 2012 with the publication of the Art Workers Agreement in Argentina and Chile. Subsequently, it organised public meetings to establish a minimum wage for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico. In 2020 the initiative was revitalised by a permanent network of more than 300 participants, which led to the development of the Action Manual for Workers’ Rights in Contemporary Art and the Second Census of Latin American Art.

UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Società dei Giovani Artisti) is an institution for contemporary art based in Oslo. Founded by artists for artists in 1921, it has since established itself as one of Norway’s core experimental venues for the arts. UKS convenes, exhibits and supports the critical voices of contemporary artists in order to have an artistic and political impact within and beyond their region.