Arts Council of Wales has announced its commitment to ensuring proper and fair payment to creative professionals living and working in the country.

Over the course of the next 18 months, ACW will be exploring how its revenue-funded organisations support creative professionals, including financially, and will be working closely with a-n to develop this in the coming year to provide clear guidelines for organisations who wish to work with artists in Wales.

David Alston, Arts Director at ACW, said: “In a recent meeting of Council, backing was given to supporting the Paying Artists campaign developed by a-n, The Artists Information Company. Arts Council of Wales in common with other UK arts councils is aligning itself with the Paying Artists campaign.

“We will be clear in our funding guidelines that we expect artists to be paid properly for work undertaken. This, we hope, will support creative professionals to be able to earn a living in Wales.”

Jeanie Scott, director of a-n, said: “This is a very welcome, positive and timely statement of support and commitment from Arts Council of Wales.

“Paying Artists is about ensuring the value of our visual artists is recognised and that there is an equality and diversity of voices exhibiting in our public institutions, enabling the long-term sustainability of the visual arts sector right across the UK.

“We look forward to working with Arts Council of Wales to achieve this, and are grateful for their support.”

Read Arts Council of Wales full statement of support

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