Born out of a necessity to change the art system​

FRANK Fair Artist Pay is a not-for-profit community interest company that is set to change the mindset and conversation on fair practice in the arts, by providing applicable tools to build fair, transparent and equitable collaborations within the arts sector. With a strong commitment and dedication to build better futures, FRANK focusses on fair practice in the arts, specifically in the UK. With the necessity to expand the domain of inclusivity, diversity, accessibility and equity, FRANK underlines the specific role that economic parity plays in ensuring these principles that unite all public and private art institutions and funding bodies today.

FRANK fosters open, transparent discussions with our members, providing a safe guiding the development of adaptable fair frameworks and tools. FRANK delivers applicable tools and encourages FRANK Community to reassess their current procedures and structures when engaging with artists and institutions alike.

FRANK does not take sides, on the contrary FRANK sides with everyone who is part of the arts ecology in the UK with the aim to better the current practices of fairness. FRANK’s Tools are hence developed in keeping all parties in mind with an overarching goal of advocating for fair, transparent and equitable working relationships in the sector.

FRANK believes that, together we can drive UK’s art sector towards fair practice in the arts.

Who is FRANK Fair Artist Pay?

FRANK Fair Artist Pay is set up in June 2021 by artists Anne Hardy, Lindsay Seers and curator and writer Fatos Ustek, joined by Celina Loh in March 2022 who acts as project manager and Aisath Umama in March 2024 working as project assistant. Mollie Barnes supported FRANK As Digital Communications Coordinator between March 2023 and March 2024.

From September 2023, Fatos Ustek assumed the Managing Director role, whereas Anne Hardy and Lindsay Seers acted as part of the Advisory Committee. Since April 2024, Anne Hardy continues her role and Lindsay Seers supports FRANK as a Honorary Member.

FRANK Fair Artist Pay has five founding members, who have been crucial in providing support and insights from early on, namely Camden Arts Centre, Contemporary Art Society, The Tetley, Canvas Art Law and Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN).

To date, FRANK is supported by annual memberships of artists, art institutions, commercial galleries as well as philanthropic support from Visual Art Design Agency (VADA). All supporters are listed on the website.

FRANK Fair Artist Pay publishes annual reports that outline the set of activities and use of its resources.

Fatos Ustek

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Anne Hardy

Co-Founder, Advisory Member

Celina Loh

Project Manager

Lindsay Seers

Co-Founder

FRANK Values

Caring

FRANK ensures a caring, supportive and accessible working environment

Open

FRANK follows an open and honest approach in sharing its goals and responsibilities.

Collaborative

FRANK listens and values contributions from all members of the FRANK Community, taking into account individual differences and views of all those involved.

Fair

FRANK embeds fair practice within and attends FRANK Community and their requests with value and respect for their time and engagement.

Trust

FRANK believes in the cultivation of trust through accountable and responsible conduct.