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CARFAC BC (Canadian Artists Representation / Front des artistes canadiens)

If you’ve ever been paid an artist’s fee for exhibiting your work, you’ve already benefited from the existence of CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens). Founded by artists like the late Jack Chambers, CARFAC is a democratic, non-profit, national artist-run organization for visual artists. It has members in B.C. and affiliates across Canada.

CARFAC BC is the collective voice for professional artists in British Columbia advocating for artists’ legal rights, and offering practical advice and skill development to support the professional practices of cultural producers.

Since 1990, CARFAC BC functions as a volunteer organization on behalf of its membership. CARFAC BC receives no operational funding. It functions on the resources of its members alone, and is primarily run by volunteers and an active Board of Directors. Together, we have the strength to make fair contracts and payments of proper fees the norm, to tackle the illegal reproduction of artists’ work, and lobby for tax reform, among other critical issues. With over twenty-five thousand artists in British Columbia, we hold tremendous untapped power to change the conditions in which we live and work.

We contribute to, and draw support from, the Canadian visual arts community through the CARFAC National Office. We work together with National and other regional CARFAC representatives to develop guidelines, information, and policies. We believe in the visual arts as profession, and we value and respect all artists, their rights, their art forms and their cultural diversity. We have a strong commitment to public understanding, awareness and appreciation of artists. Our membership includes students, practicing visual artists, artists from other disciplines, museums and art galleries, educational institutions, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in visual art.

As the membership of artists in British Columbia increases, our ability to actually change the conditions in which we live and work will increase too.

Join CARFAC BC today!

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