Paintings Highlight the Pay Gap in the Art World

These women artists are showing how wide the pay gap is in the art world by only painting part of their canvases — and you get what you pay for. 🎹

Women artists have created partially-completed paintings to protest the gender pay gap.

Art gap, as the name suggests, is based on a gap and that gap is about the gender pay gap, that unfortunately exists in the art world — as well as everywhere else. Female artists are paid 47.6% less than their male counterparts for the same amount of work, which was quite shocking. 19 women artists from 11 countries participated in the Art Gap exhibition in Dubai.

Batool Jafri, the curator for this event is committed to raising awareness for the underprivileged and encouraging their inclusion in society, featuring these themes in her art and through efforts at the grassroot. She is a vocal supporter of the emerging Muslim art movement, encouraging Muslim youth to take up art as a means of self-expression. Jafri continues to collaborate with other artists to lend her voice to important social issues, ranging from the state of women in Egyptian prisons to animal rights offences in Africa.

All the paintings that are featured in the exhibit, have been painted only on 52.6% of the canvas. Research shows women in the art industry get paid 47.6% less than their male counterparts which coincides with the overall message to fight gender wage gaps.

"This is how much you're paying for, although the work is an entire canvas, but you're paying for this much. And hopefully, the idea is, not to have like, there is no gender war going on here, because we're happy for our male counterparts to get what they do, we just want to be paid the same."

These artists want to take the campaign everywhere and in every industry. Because not only in the art world, but in every field, there's gender inequality between men and women.


04/28/2019 6:00 PMupdated: 06/11/2019 9:36 PM


  • Matt W.
    07/15/2019 08:05

    , I actually really like the idea of this. Although the argument doesn't make sense to me in an art setting with the price of art being so subjective. (could just be a lack of knowledge though!)

  • Diane M.
    05/06/2019 11:26

    is this why your Malham painting is unfinished?

  • Adam P.
    05/06/2019 09:34

    Art is only worth what someone is willing to pay.

  • Charlotte A.
    05/04/2019 18:07

    Art pricing is subjective based of the viewers opinions this is completely irrelevant

  • Amy N.
    05/04/2019 17:28

    is this any good info for your dissertation topic or are you still changing it 😂

  • Akshaya S.
    05/04/2019 15:35

    we were talking about this the other day!

  • Molly G.
    05/04/2019 13:16

    can we go

  • Sonja L.
    05/04/2019 08:27

    sucks 4 u

  • Beth E.
    05/04/2019 07:04

    it'd be cute if it existed

  • Kim S.
    05/04/2019 06:25

    Men can do more strenuous work that women. That's biologically true. You get payed for the work you put in!

  • Rosie L.
    05/03/2019 22:31

    Kitty Wilson Brown

  • Annabel W.
    05/03/2019 17:45


  • Emily V.
    05/03/2019 17:00

    like your thing

  • Katie R.
    05/03/2019 10:20

    thought u might like!x

  • Rojan M.
    05/03/2019 09:58

    this is so interesting!

  • Ashleigh J.
    05/03/2019 09:48


  • Gill C.
    05/03/2019 09:18

    Ffs đŸ€Šâ€â™€ïž give it a rest

  • Wendy H.
    05/03/2019 08:38

    Perhaps men have twice as much talent. After all, any item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

  • Erin R.
    05/03/2019 07:28

    what a load of wank

  • Jasmine L.
    05/03/2019 07:09

    Charlie Morris

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