Baroness Wilcox, the minister responsible for the Artist’s Resale Right, has told postcard campaigner Niall Fairhead that the Government won’t change the qualifying threshold for the levy.
However, her official statement
responding to the campaign, in which over 800
ATG subscribers and their friends sent personal
messages appealing for the threshold to be raised from €1000 to
€3000, appeared to leave room for hope.
"This is not the first time the
suggestion has been made, but this response will explain why the
Government does not believe the case has yet been made for an
adjustment to the threshold," Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State for Business, writes.
The statement cites "safeguards" built
into the legislation to limit the effect on small businesses. These
include the cap of €12,500 on royalties paid, mandatory collective
managment of the royalty "greatly reducing the administrative
burden of the royalty" and a "bought for stock"
Above: the postcard sent by hundreds of ATG
subscribers to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling on the
qualifying threshold for the Artist's Resale Right to be raised
from €1000 to €3000. The Parliamentary Under Secretary for State
for Business, Baroness Wilcox says that there is no case for
Despite the refusal to budge in the
face of the dealer-led campaign and other evidence put forward over
the past few years, the minister has agreed to meet Mr Fairhead to
discuss the matter further.
Mr Fairhead, a North London-based
dealer in modern art, told ATG that he was disappointed that the
hundreds of people who had supported the postcard campaign, which
was launched in May 12, would not receive indvidual
They deserved proper individual
replies, he said, because "doubtless they approached the problem
from a differemt angle and might have made separate comments which
required separate answers. My view of the generic response by the
government was that it was inadequate to meet this protest by 800
and more angry art dealers".
The full text of Baroness Wilcox's statement can be read