Cut the Commission!
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We urge University of the Arts London to stop taking a commission of up to 20% from students in their sale of work at degree shows.
Final degree shows are a chance for graduating students to show their work to their peers and the wider community; to celebrate their time studying at UAL and; for some of us, to make a small income from the sale of our work.
The University is an academic community, not a private gallery. Our lecturers are our educators, not our dealers.
Whether it is the thousands we pay in fees or the hundreds we spend on materials, the making of our artwork has not been done without a personal economic burden. There is no reason why the University needs to take an extra percentage on our sales.
This policy is not even consistent across the University: some Colleges take no commission, others take a varying portion.
We appreciate that there is a cost to the University in administrating sales and organising postage and packaging. However this should vary depending on the weight and size of the art work, not the price of the sale. It is therefore disingenuous to argue that a percentage commission should cover these costs.
We ask for an end to the commission in time for the 2014 degree shows, and we plan to petition visitors to our shows throughout this period if a commitment is not made before then.
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