Exploding myths: the future of artists' livelihoods
Presentation for CAMP (Contemporary Art Membership Plymouth) 13 February 2020
My doctoral research revealed that if they are to ‘get on’ rather than ‘get by’, artists need continuous access to a specific, nuanced set of interrelated conditions. But although in various ways over the last thirty years certain Arts Council England policies intended to improve both artists’ economic and social status, they’ve failed to do so, instead perpetuating assumptions that artists’ low pay is just ‘how it is’.
This presentation addresses some of the myths about artists’ practices and livelihoods before setting out the conditions most conducive for supporting the personal and professional lives of many artists over a life-cycle and ending with some radical propositions for achieving these conditions.
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