This is the Art Gap. To highlight it, female artists will display canvasses with 47.6% left unpainted. If they are paid less, they will paint less. Every canvas raises awareness for equal pay among men and women and will be available for sale.
Using 1.5 million auction transactions, the study revealed paintings by women sell, on average, for 47.6% less at auctions than the price that paintings by male artists fetch. Even when art was produced through artificial intelligence, respondents in the study consistently ranked works they believed to have been made by female artists lower.
Figures are according to the gender bias in art study, ‘Is Gender in the Eye of the Beholder? Identifying Cultural Attitudes with Art Auction Prices ‘, University of Oxford, Dec 2017. The study authored by Renée Adams, Roman Kräussl, Marco Navone and Patrick Verwijmeren can be downloaded here
On International Women’s Day 2019, we pledged that we would raise awareness about gender pay inequality.
- This is line with the UAE’s vision to be one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021.
- At Standard Chartered we are passionate about promoting equality and an inclusive culture at work.
- In 2017, we signed the Fair Pay charter and committed to paying men and women equally for the same role.
- We also never settle for how things are and keep striving for better, because we are not here for good enough – we are here for good.
At Standard Chartered we are passionate about promoting equality and committed to driving an inclusive and diverse culture at work. The Art Gap exhibition is a great initiative to highlight such an important topic; gender pay inequality. We want others to get inspired by this event and to support the drive for change, not only in the world of art or banking, but in all industries. I encourage you all to join us and support the cause. Organising this event reaffirms the Bank’s commitment to the national agenda, which aims to make the UAE one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021.
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World Art Dubai and Standard Chartered have come together to honour women who add beauty to the world through their art and I am happy to lend my voice and be part of this movement that respects each artist without any gender discrimination.
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Everyone is talking about diversity nowadays. But, the result of the talking is mostly just that—talk. To bring about real change, we need to act. The Art Gap exhibition presented by Standard Chartered is a cutting-edge way of leveraging scientific research to bring about change. Nobody who participates or views the exhibit will forget the message. And the next time they buy an artwork, they will approach it differently.
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What is Standard Chartered’s objective?
Through the Art Gap exhibition and using the voices of the collective, we are sending a message of equal pay for equal work, from the UAE to the rest of the world. It’s a local initiative that hopefully becomes a global movement to raise awareness and support for equal pay for men and women for the same role. Organizing this event reaffirms Standard Chartered’s commitment to the UAE’s national agenda, which aims to make the UAE one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021. We would like to inspire other organizations and entities in the UAE to join in the drive towards gender balance, as envisaged by the country’s leadership.
Why is Standard Chartered supporting art?
Standard Chartered has been a patron of the arts for decades. Its large art collection is displayed throughout the Standard Chartered offices around the world. Art is a universal language and one of the most impactful media to reach key opinion leaders and corporations in the UAE and around the world. We want to shed light on an important issue in this industry and inspire other to do the same in all walks of life.
Where will the proceeds from the sale of the paintings go?
All proceeds of the paintings sold will go towards the artists themselves, as this is a non-profit initiative but not a charity.
Who is in the Art Gap artist collective?
Standard Chartered has brought together a collective of 19 Emirati and expat female artists in the UAE who will contribute paintings to an exhibition titled ‘Art Gap’. The artists are a mix of established and up-and-coming talent who will set the price of their own art. The choice of their painting subject and technique is entirely their own. Visit @artgapdubai to see who the artists are.
What is Standard Chartered’s company policy on equal pay?
As an international bank, we follow international standards that guarantee equal gender pay. We have signed the Fair Pay Charter for equal pay for equal work. At Standard Chartered we are passionate about promoting equality and an inclusive culture at work.