Aspire Presents at ARR Forum

10 Jul 2018

Aspire Art Auctions presented at the DALRO (Dramatic, artistic and literary rights organisation) forum on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) held at the Bag Factory on 22 June. The event was co-convened by art consultancy Mak.Dct, and was intended to lobby artists, raise awareness and gather support for the forthcoming public submissions to the Copyright Amendment Bill, invited by parliament up until 18 July.

Aspire is the only South African auction house currently paying artist’s royalties from sales of their work in the secondary or auction market. It has self-regulated the entire process, and pays for all royalties itself, in the absence of a legislative framework. Aspire was also the only South African organisation to represent the country at the international conference on ARR held in Geneva last year by the united Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Marketing Manager James Sey represented Aspire at the forum and spoke about the company’s ARR initiative on a platform along with DALRO’s Elroy Bell. Sey detailed how Aspire has paid out royalties to around 90 living South African artists so far from its sales, amounting to over R300 000 in royalties. The artists attending the event were intrigued by Aspire’s role in the royalties process, and questions and discussion were enthusiastic and detailed.

All interested parties are invited to submit any queries or possible submission about the ARR to Aspire at

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