Commons Culture Committee experiences satire first hand

Mon 06 Dec 2010 by Angela_McKay

Martin Rowson said:
"It's always a laugh for cartoonists to get out "into the field" and draw our
victims from the life, particularly when they see the result and laugh in their turn, though usually through gritted teeth. But while Ed Vaizey's performance in front of the Culture Select Committee was typically jovial and good-natured, ensuring the full implementation of Artist's Resale Right is deadly serious for thousands of artists and their families."

A spokesperson for DACS said:
"As the Government reduces funding for the arts, it is more important than ever that the art community can support those that produce and restore the UK's cultural heritage, providing a foundation for the UK's creative economy.  Martin Rowson's sketch captures the committee as it battles with these issues."

"Inheriting an artist's legacy brings with it a burden, including the need to store, preserve and restore original art works.  The Artist's Resale Right provides a vital income stream for existing artists and full implementation will support the heirs and estates of deceased artists, preserving the UK's creative heritage."

Established by artists for artists, DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) is the UK's leading visual arts rights management organisation. As a not for profit organisation, DACS translates rights into revenues and recognition for a wide spectrum of visual artists. We offer three rights management services - copyright licensing, Artist's Resale Right and collective licensing - in addition to lobbying, advocacy and legal advice for visual artists. In 2009 DACS paid nearly13,000 visual artists over £6.1 million.

Martin Rowson is an award winning cartoonist whose work has appeared regularly in The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Independent on Sunday, The Spectator and The Morning Star. His books include graphic novelisations of TS Eliot's "The Waste Land", Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy and an updated adaptation of "Gulliver's Travels", due for publication next April, as well as a memoir of his dead parents, "Stuff", which was long-listed for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize. He was also Ken Livingstone's "Cartoonist Laureate" for London, and is a former
vice-President of the Zoological Society of London.

Tania Spriggens
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