"Damage to small businesses from the Artist's Resale Right" - The Campaign and the Petition: Feb 4. 2012 | Comments (12)
"Damage to small businesses from the Artist's Resale Right" - The Campaign and the Petition:
Now that the Campaign for amendment of the “rules” of the ARR is under way it is important to know something about it’s structure. There are several areas of information to which activists and supporters should look:
1) For General points about the ARR made by dealers , collectors and sympathisers:
This present magisterial Blogg was started by John Robertson who, in many ways, can be said to have “spearheaded” the current wave of protest. As of writing today there are over 100 separate posts on this Blogg. You are encouraged to contribute to this in a positive way. Please do not lambast the opposite point of view in an unconstructive way. There is no point. It is only by factual and rational argument that our argument will prevail.
2) Artist’s Resale Right – dossier of damage to small businesses
This Blogg is fostered by the main Trade Organsisations in the UK and is signed by Mark Dodgson, Secretary General of BADA, Christopher Battiscombe, Director General of SLAD and Sarah Percy-Davis, Chief Executive of LAPADA. In many ways this is the most important campaign site. If sufficient examples of damage to small art business can be properly documented it will prove to be a cogent tool in the hands of our professional negotiators when the time for reviewing the adverse effect of ARR in 2014. All activists are very much encouraged to support this Blogg with their own tales of woe. A word of advice, however: No matter how hard are your feelings please use rational argument rather then invective! Reason is more powerful then insult!
3) Damage to small businesses from the Artist's Resale Right - The Petition
The Petition itself:
Bloggs about the Petition and the Campaign:
This Blogg will be duplicated to be present both here and on the petition itself in order that the maximum publicity can be obtained. We have already achieved a substantial number of protests in the form of signatures. We would draw your attention to a few points:
- Our target is 10,000 signatures - preferably 20,000. This is going to take a lot of effort and trouble to achieve but to make this a valuable tool in the hands of our professional negotiators it needs to have “length and depth”. The “length” is the number of signatures. The “depth” is the valuable comments made on each signature.
- Just signing the petition is not “Job Done”. Activists need to get their family, friends, employees, clients, associates and neighbors also to support “The Cause”. We are gratified to see owners of large Galleries and Art organisations who have rendered their support - THIS BY IT'S OWN IS NOT ENOUGH. Unity is strength. This is a numbers game and numbers are important.
- Please do put a name on each signature. We are dismayed that many parties are “anonymous”. There is no need for anonymity - everyone should proudly announce their name to give their voice respectability. Similarly everyone is encouraged to say who they are and what company or organisation they represent.
- The comments beneath each signature we consider to be of great value. It is, however, important to ensure that they are all “on message”. For example to go off on a tangent about auctioneers buyers premiums is ‘off message”. It may be a valid point but it has to be to THE point. THE point is the aims and objectives of the petition. Invective and insulting comments are discouraged. Constructive and helpful comments are what are needed - in quantity, cogent, powerful and effective. Where a “bad” comment has been made it must be remembered that this is an individual point of view and not necessarily the opinion of the Sponsors or the majority of activists.
We thank you for your valued support.
Niall & Christina Fairhead
Fairhead Fine Art Limited t/a Images