Artist Gordon Cheung on why Artist's Resale Right (ARR) matters

    Artist Gordon Cheung talks to DACS about the importance of ARR and how it helps to support his practice.

    "ARR provides a cushion for my activities”

    Gordon Cheung is best known for his epic, hallucinogenic landscapes depicting contemporary utopias and dystopias derived from a fast-paced, technologically-evolving globalised world. Here Gordon talks to DACS about the challenges facing artists and why ARR royalties are so essential, not only to artists, but also as a driver for the UK’s thriving creative industries’ economy.

    “ARR provides a cushion for our [artists’] activities… These royalties support me by helping to fund things on a daily basis – of what it means to be an artist – to contribute to paying for studio bills, materials and so on. In doing that it frees up time otherwise spent elsewhere that can be now used for the creative process which is surely the most important aspect of being an artist.

    Surely we should be supporting one of the most successful industries that our nation has, rather than actually doing the opposite?"

    ARR is critical to the UK’s creative economy

    ARR is critical to the UK’s creative economy, enabling artists to create new work and supporting estates in managing the artists legacy. Since the right was introduced in the UK in 2006, over 4,700 artists and artists' estates have benefited from over £65 million in ARR royalties via DACS.

    Why Artist’s Resale Right matters

    This film is part of a series of interviews with artists and estates about Why Artist’s Resale Right matters.
    Watch other films in the series here:

    Cortina Butler, Estate of Reg Butler 
    Jenny Hand, Director of Munnings Museum, the Estate of Alfred Munnings


    Find out more:

    Read more about DACS' ARR Campaign 
    Join DACS: Learn more about our services for artists and artist estates 
    Find out more about Gordon Cheung 

    Videos filmed and edited by Sonny Vadgama for DACS © All Rights Reserved DACS/Artimage 2018. 

    Posted on 13/02/2018 by Laura Ward-Ure