ABORIGINAL ARTS                         NEW 2010-02

ENDORSEMENTS                           NEW 2010-02


This set of Industry Standards / Best Practices offers viable industry standards, developed in an atmosphere of mutual respect and agreement, for practical use in the Saskatchewan Visual Arts and Crafts Sector .

These ethical and practical standards provide guidance in areas where regulation and agreements may not exist. This project ultimately hopes to enhance day to day best practices and to provide a basis for the future development of policy and legislation.

This project made use of processes which encouraged respectful and healthy relationships between Saskatchewan's creators and producers of art and craft with their presenters and representation (galleries, dealers, curators, events and businesses) and to contribute to a sustainable Visual Arts and Craft Sector. Advisory Councils guided the development of Best Practice Standards.

Internationally, the development of "Best Practices" has taken place in the last 10 years, primarily in the UK and Australia. These practical documents are called "codes of practice", "codes of ethics", or "best practices". At the Visual Arts Summit in Ottawa, November of 2007, the Australian National Association for the Visual Arts, (NAVA) gave a comprehensive presentation on their sector processes, "Codes of Best Practice" and its applications. Recently, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) have also begun to document these developments. The project intends to build on this other work through consultation and research. A formal learning relationship has been developed, with NAVA serving as an advisor to this project.

Project Partners include the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association, Museums Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Saskatchewan Cultural Industries Development Council, CARFAC SASK, CARFAC National, SaskCulture, National Association for the Visual Arts (Australia).While this project has been initially funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board through a Creative  Industries Transition Project Grant to CARFAC SASK, the project looks for ownership and direction from the sector.

Developing guidelines such as these in Saskatchewan will inform later developments country-wide by the national Visual Arts Alliance and to build strong relationships and a common understanding regarding our mutual priorities.

Project Goals

Leadership and consultation
-to facilitate engagement of the Saskatchewan Visual Arts and Craft Sector
to document, recognize and discuss current issues and priorities regarding the relationship between presenters and creators.

Sector capacity development
-to encourage sustainable working partnerships, collaboration and relationship building between many diverse stakeholders of the Saskatchewan Visual Arts and Craft Sector.

Education and advocacy
-to share research with sector to support community in making informed and strategic decisions as well as distribution and engagement of developed resources.
International research and networking
-to build evidence and understanding of international best practices and issues, building relationships in the international community, learning from expert experience.

Intended Outcomes

Industry Standards development : to research, develop, negotiate, and agree upon ethical standards for use in the Saskatchewan Visual Arts and Craft Sector.

Best Practices application: to create several living documents that are in plain language, and are easily used and endorsed by all parties within the sector.

Best Practices support: to develop and implement education strategies to ensure parties are supported to implement and distribute "Best Practices" and electronic dissemination.

United Saskatchewan Visual Arts Sector: to develop healthy partnerships and relationships within the community that can move the sector forward.



"Without accepted industry protocols and standards, Visual Artists and Craft
Practitioners have often had to rely on individual experience, knowledge and
relationships within the sector to inform their professional practice"
National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd (NAVA), 2004,
The Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and
Craft Sector, 2nd Edition, Sydney, pp 7.


This project has been devised based on the "The Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and Craft Sector" Edition 2, developed, commissioned and published by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).


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