The Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings on why Artist's Resale Right (ARR) matters

    Jenny Hand, Director of the Munnings Museum, talks to DACS about why ARR royalties are essential to the day-to-day running of the estate.

    “If ARR didn't exist we wouldn't be looking forward to the future”

    Sir Alfred Munnings was an acclaimed equestrian artist in the early 20th century. Elected president of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1944, it was at his death in 1959 that his wife turned their home in Dedham into an art museum, in accordance with his wishes for his artwork to be on public display for future generations to see.

    Here, Jenny Hand, who is in charge of the Munnings Estate and is Museum Director at the Munnings Art Museum talks to DACS about how these royalties are an essential source of income for the estate and help to support their ongoing activities
    "The income that we get from the Artist's Resale Right is absolutely vital in being able to run the museum as we run it. It allows the possibility in scope for a legacy, such as ours to develop. It makes up a third of our income - if it didn't exist we wouldn't be in this position and we wouldn't be able to be looking forward to the future the way that we are."

    ARR is critical to the UK’s creative economy

    ARR entitles artists and their estates to a modest royalty whenever their work is resold by an auction house, dealer or gallery for €1,000 or more. 
    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:

    Gordon Cheung, artist
    Cortina Butler, the Estate of Reg Butler


    Find out more:
    Read more about DACS' campaign for the Artist's Resale Right
    Join DACS: Learn more about our services for artists and artist estates

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

    Posted on 19/02/2018 by Laura Ward-Ure