IN a landmark moment for the visual arts, the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), will host a series of consultations to get input from the sector for the development of a norms and standards booklet. Currently the sector does not employ a universal best practise standard for professional work in the various fields.
VANSA, a development agency for the visual arts, has been tasked by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to develop guidelines for the visual arts community and is calling for input into guiding principles from all stakeholders in the industry.
Only four countries in the world have national norms and standards for the visual arts in place. While norms and standards are usual industry practice for many other sectors in South Africa, they have yet to be established for the visual arts.
Considering that the visual arts are such a variant and complex sector, these norms and standards will need to take into account the range of practice and possibility across South Africa.
VANSA’s consultation process aims to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the proposed guidelines from the sector at large. The guidelines set up through this process will entail a wide range of best practices regarding exhibitions, sales, studios, residencies, insurance, taxes, copyright and freedom of expression
Comments and submissions can be made via email and social media until April 30. A further consultation session will be held once a draft version of the document would be in place. This will be held on May 27 at VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. The intention is for the final Norms and Standards Handbook to be completed by July 2016.
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