Created and developed by Artists’ Union England, the Good Practice Charter is a set of 6 principles that art organisations, galleries and institutions sign up to and work towards.
The Good Practice Charter is a set of principles designed to make the artworld a better place to work for both artists and employers. By signing up to the Charter, organisations can benefit in a number of ways, including:
Did you know that the average annual income for visual artists in England is between £5,000-£9,000 ¹and yet, time and again they are asked to work for free, often given the excuse of being offered “exposure” in exchange for their work.
AUE was founded in 2014 to “redress the fact that all other cultural workers had independent representation from a Trade Union”. Run by an executive committee of volunteers, Artists’ Union England is a trade union that advocates and lobbies for artists and provides them with resources and services.
In 2020, we launched the 'Good Practice Charter' to work with arts organisations to improve the arts as a place to work.
The Good Practice Charter puts workplace protections and good practice within one framework. The law provides minimum protection for freelance workers around Health & Safety and the Equalities Act 2010, and the Good Practice Charter expands these standards. We want organisations to work towards and meet these standards in order to tackle inequality and exploitation in the art world.
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