Covid-19 will be catastrophic for Visual Artists. Let’s protect them!

Visarta- Collective management company of the copyright in the field of visual arts from Romania is pleased to present you an EVA' press release: the company of European Visual Artists, based in Brussels, the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium, institution where Visarta has observer status. EVA is an institution that represents the interests of the collective management companies of the authors for the visual arts, 28 European companies being members or observers; they manage collectively authors’ rights of close to 130 000 creators of works of fine art, illustration, photography, design, architecture and other visual works.

Visarta- Collective management company of the copyright in the field of visual arts from Romania is pleased to present you an EVA’ press release: the company of European Visual Artists, based in Brussels, the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium, institution where Visarta has observer status. EVA is an institution that represents the interests of the collective management companies of the authors for the visual arts, 28 European companies being members or observers; they manage collectively authors’ rights of close to 130 000 creators of works of fine art, illustration, photography, design, architecture and other visual works.

 

Visarta- Collective management company of the copyright in the field of visual arts from Romania is pleased to present you an EVA’ press release: the company of European Visual Artists, institution where Visarta has observer status.

 

The Board of Directors of VISARTA Company: VISARTA president Irina Florescu, members Stefan Găvenea and Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu, general administrator Daniela Avramescu, April 20, 2020

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Covid-19 will be catastrophic for Visual Artists. Let’s protect them!

This year started with an unprecedented crisis which rapidly swept throughout the whole world touching many aspects of our communities: health, economy, cultural events. Even every-day social relations are being restricted for public health reasons, to avert the expansion of the pandemic and finally get our lives back to normality. During this time of lockdowns in Europe and around the world, all economic sectors are impacted to some extent and after the health crisis, a lot will be needed to restart.

The same goes for Visual Artists, who are set to lose a great part of their (already unsteady) income this year. Indeed, one of the very first social distancing measures that governments took against the spread of the Covid-19 was to close museums, art galleries and auction houses along with theatres, cinemas and concerts. Those places are a fundamental source of income for most of Europe’s Visual Artists, who are now seeing cut any possibility of income from the exhibition of their works or from their sale and resale. Also month-long visibility opportunities for their repertoire that exhibitions normally bring is lost, worsening the impact on visual artists’ already unsteady income.

Visual Artists are an important part of the cultural and creative industry in Europe and an essential component of any community’s culture. According to CISAC’s latest figures, the visual sector around the world has known a +19.9% copyright collections increase in the last 5 years (2014-2018), but it had already been declining in the last year (2017-2018) by -18.4%. Adding up to this already dire situation, the economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis will deal unprecedented damage to Visual Artists’ livelihood. Many may be pushed to abandon their artistic occupation and opt for different economic sectors, whereas others may need to downgrade their artistic activity to hobbies, with a subsequent great damage to the number and diversity of works that are currently circulating. It is therefore necessary that policy-makers at all levels do whatever it takes to avoid a cultural catastrophe.

Visual Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) are already playing their role to ease the situation for their members. They are guaranteeing all essential lines of services to their members although their local and central offices needed to be closed. Some are also setting up emergency funds for artists and offering local and national governments to act as facilitators for the distribution of new public funds destined to artists. We encourage national governments to allocate public funds to cover for artists’ income losses. European visual CMOs are governments’ natural interlocutors for these initiatives as they have the structure and accreditation with both ministries and artists to distribute the money swiftly. In the aftermath of the health crisis, it will be important for cultural ministries to promote and relaunch visits to museums and art galleries to reinstate the normal flow of visitors to artistic exhibitions as soon as possible once the health emergency is over.

The Covid-19 crisis should be an incentive for EU national governments to speed up the transposition of the copyright directive, so that artists can at least start benefiting of the provisions resolving the value-gap problem, as well as providing opportunities for licensing of digitised libraries, archives and museums and cross border teaching. In addition, in view of the next 7-year budget of the European Union, we call on the European Council and the European Parliament to avoid any cut to the Creative Europe programme, which is now needed more than ever.

 

© Laetitia Nguala Masamba/European Visual Artists

 

Press Release. Source: https://www.evartists.org/covid-19-will-be-catastrophic-for-visual-artists-lets-protect-them/

Republished by Intell News Romania in English on April  20,  2020

About Claudiu Victor Gheorghiu 85 Articles
My name is GHEORGHIU CLAUDIU VICTOR and I was born in October 1967 in Bucharest. In 1998 I took the master degree at University from Bucharest , the Faculty of History- universal old history section- with theme (CONSTANTIN the GREAT and CHRISTIANITY) at professor LIGIA BARZU. In 1991 I graduated Art School , PAINTING section with TITU DRAGUTESCU. I painted sacred pictures from 1990. I paint in technique tempera or tempera with egg on wood. During the period 1992-1994 I was managership at COLEUS modern art gallery . I am titular member of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union from April 17, 2019, admitted by contest, as well as I was trainee member during the period 2016-2019, admitted by contest. I was member in Plastic Background(FP) belong Romanian Fine Arts Union (UAP) from 7th of December 2000, admitted by contest. From 25th of May 2015 I was elected Media advisor of the Steering Committee of the Association Branch of Religious Plastic Arts and Restoration : AFAPRR of UAP from Romania: Romanian Fine Arts Union. From 2014 I am member VISARTA(from March 31, 2017, I was elected in the Steering Committee of Visarta, during the period 2017-2022), the Romanian Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Society. I have 4th Personal Exhibitions with sacred art organized by UAP from Romania- Romanian Fine Arts Union in Bucharest (2001,2003,2004 at ArTei Gallery, 2007 at Galateea Gallery) and another at Silva Gallery in Busteni(2007-2008). I have also 2 Personal Exhibitions in Italy : I was Honor Guest, representing Romania, with sacred art, June 2003 at Pisa and in October 2006 ”The ICONS, sacred pictures in contemporary world” at Viadana(Mantua). I won some prizes in Italy and I participated, admitted by contest, at some art fairs and international exhibitions around the world, representing Romania: most of them in Italy, but also in France, Greece, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland. From May 2015 to January 2016 I was Contributing Editor at CULTURE (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, History, Religion) at the newspaper Jurnalul Bucurestiului. From 17th of January 2016 I was advanced Senior Editor at the same newspaper . From 1st of November 2015 to 31st of December 2016 I was Contributing Editor and Thematic Advisor at News Agency Lacasuri Ortodoxe and Press service LO News. From 1st of January 2016 I am Senior Editor at CULTURE at the Intell News: Global news, press and event analysis. From May 3, 2019, I am also publisher commentator at the newspaper Ultima Oră.