For whom and for what?
In order to encourage compliance with the Artists’ Wage Guideline, the Mondriaan Fund has drawn up regulations governing the partial reimbursement of costs incurred by institutions which comply with the Guideline. On the basis of these Regulations, art institutions can apply for a financial contribution towards a visual artist’s wage, if said wage is paid in accordance with the Guideline. Such grants are intended for visual art institutions in the Netherlands: publicly accessible organisations which exhibit contemporary visual art and whose core activity is presenting visual art and/or cultural heritage objects without any intention of selling it, and which organise exhibitions of works by artists from the Netherlands or abroad.
Compliance with the Guideline here means ‘apply the rules or explain’. In other words, either make sure you comply with the Guideline or, if you choose not to do so, explain why you are not complying with the Guideline. These Experimental Regulations are designed to reward good behaviour. Visual art institutions may use the ‘transition model’ outlined in the Guideline, covering at least 50 percent of the artist’s fee. The Experimental Regulations do not apply in the event that the institution pays the artist a lower percentage.
The amount of the grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Organisations which pay at least 50 percent of the wages outlined in the Guideline are eligible for an additional financial incentive. The higher the percentage contributed by the applicant, the higher the grant amount awarded. If an institution pays 50 percent, the Fund will reimburse 30 percent; if an institution pays 70 percent, the Fund will reimburse 40 percent; if an institution pays the entire reference amount, the Fund may reimburse 50 percent of the agreed fee. The maximum grant amount awarded by the Mondriaan Fund is 50 percent of the reference amount listed in the Guideline. You can use this online calculator to calculate the grant amount.
All contracts signed after 1 January 2017 will be subject to the Experimental Regulations.
Visual art is created by visual artists. Without artists there is no art. At the same time, studies have shown that artists are often the last item mentioned when budgets for exhibitions are drawn up. In many cases artists are not paid a reasonable wage.
Everyone involved in the art scene, from museums to artists, admits that the current way of paying artists often has undesirable outcomes. For this reason, the art scene has decided to draw up a wage payment guideline, which will make a reasonable wage for visual artists a regular component of budgets for exhibitions and other presentations.
The Minister for Education, Culture and Science likewise supports a widely supported wage payment guideline which will improve visual artists’ financial position. In her ‘Policy Response to the Exploration of the Cultural Job Market and Recommendation on how to Improve Artists’ Position in the Labour Market’ (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, 2016), she stated: ‘The passion many creators in the cultural and creative sector possess must be not used as an excuse for poor wages, an overly heavy workload or abuse of the creative people’s flexible attitude. In this sector, too, “decent work” must be the standard to strive for.’
The Guideline was developed on the basis of a practical study carried out over the last two years at BKNL’s behest. The study findings were in line with our members’ wish to professionalise contracts between art institutions and artists, and fulfil the exhortation issued by both the Social and Economic Council and the Council for Culture to improve artists’ financial position. The Guideline is widely accepted and subscribed to by several organisations and associations, whose members deal with payment-related issues on a daily basis, such as: The Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK), FNV’s Kunstenbond (trade union-supported association of artists) and Vereniging Platform Beeldende Kunst, which advocates the interests of centres for the arts; De Zaak Nu and several Dutch art museums, including the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen in Haarlem, the Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht, Rijksmuseum Twenthe and TwentseWelle in Enschede, Schunck in Heerlen, Museum Arnhem in Arnhem, Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, and the Fries Museum and Princessehof Ceramics Museum in Leeuwarden.
In order to promote the acceptance of and compliance with the Wage Guideline, the Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made available €600,000 to the Mondriaan Fund, to allow the Fund to draw up Experimental Regulations, following consultation of BKNL. The Regulations are intended to encourage art institutions to comply with the Wage Guideline. On the basis of these Regulations, art institutions can apply for a financial contribution towards a visual artist’s wage, if said wage is paid in accordance with the Guideline.
Sub-activities eligible for artist’s wages
An artist’s wage constitutes the payment of his or her fee for the work s/he has done for the purposes of an exhibition, in addition to the reimbursement of his or her expenses. Four types of sub-activities are distinguished, which are eligible for a grant:
- The creation of a new work of art
- Revisions to an existing work of art
- Activities tangentially related to the creation of a work of art for an exhibition
- Activities for the benefit of an event or exhibition
- The delivery of an existing work of art in the artist’s possession for the benefit of an exhibition
- Grants may be awarded to visual art institutions which pay artists who perform the sub-activities listed in the Regulations (see below) wages in accordance with the Wage Guideline, at the very least.
- The Guideline must be signed by both the institution and the artist.
- Grants are only awarded to allow institutions to pay the wages of visual artists who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts or who have had at least three years’ work experience as a professional visual artist.
- A grant is only awarded if the artist concerned is paid at least 50 percent of the amount referred to in the Guideline.
- Institutions can only apply for grants for exhibitions which will be opened to the public within six months of the grant application.
- Applications must be submitted no later than two months prior to the exhibition on an application form to be made available by the board.
- Applications for amounts less than €100 will not be taken into consideration.
- Applicants are required to pay their visual artists’ invoices within one month of the invoice date.
- Applicants must consent to undergo an assessment of the results of these Regulations.
All applications which meet the formal requirements and which have been submitted along with the requested annexes will be assessed by the Fund Agency, which advises the Board on grant allocations. The Fund Agency will assess whether the institution has complied with the Guideline, and if so, how. On the basis of this assessment, a percentage will be calculated, which will serve as the basis for the calculation of the grant amount. The reason for the grant application will not be assessed.
In order to be assessed, the application must come with the following documents:
- A description of the exhibition;
- An explanation by the organisation and the artist/s involved;
- An outline of the sub-activities;
- The contract signed by the applicant and the artist/s about the wages to be paid for the sub-activities outlined in the arrangement, as well as the dates on which the invoices will be submitted and a statement to the effect that the Guideline is being complied with, and explaining how it is being complied with;
- A budget for the exhibition, covering all expenses, including the artist’s wages;
- The art institution’s most recent financial statement.
A grant can only be awarded if the application satisfies all the provisions of the Regulations and if the budget earmarked for this type of grants has not yet been depleted. The Board’s decision on the grant will be informed by the Fund Agency’s assessment, which will also determine the grant amount, based on the aforementioned percentages.
Please find the complete text of the Experimental Regulations here (in Dutch).
For budgetary reasons, the Board of the Mondriaan Fund may ask the Fund Agency to weigh the applications against each other. This decision may be informed by considerations of the allocations for the various types of centres for the arts and museums.
Applications for Experimental Regulations can be submitted through the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system, for which you need an account. With your account you can access the application form, where you can fill in the questions and upload the information requested in the checklist below. Click here for the FAQ about online applications.
Applications for Experimental Regulations can be submitted throughout the year.
The Board will make its decision on complete applications as soon as possible, but within eight weeks at the very latest. The Board will communicate its decision to the applicant and the artist within five working days of making the decision. Grants awarded by the Mondriaan Fund cannot be awarded with retroactive effect. For this reason, applications must be submitted well before the desired effective date.
Currently the checklist is only available in Dutch.