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Young-jeoung Park, researcher at the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute presenting at ‘Working artists: aspects of art and labour’ conference 27 November 2014
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Artists’ livelihoods: a concern shared internationally

While strategies to pay artists better are forging ahead in the UK, this vital issue is also on high on the agenda in some other countries. Susan Jones reports on Working Artists: aspects of art and labour, a recent conference in South Korea which she also spoke at.

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Image via Arts Report Back, BFAMFAPhD, 2014, p. 7
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Who pays artists: art, value and the importance of a shared ethos

The issue of artists’ pay and exploitation in the US is prompting a variety of responses that question what it means to be an artist in the current economic climate. Abigail Satinsky, associate director at Chicago’s Threewalls gallery, surveys the landscape and asks whether we need to look at how we value and define art and artists.

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Value of Self, not Self-Indulgent

The congratulations still streaming in, I’m actually starting to believe it now. It is a weird process… or it was for me… Having given up my salary and my proper job, I was highly motivated to get this right. And […]

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Biting the hand that feeds at Stoke’s Artist Soup Kitchen

Former a-n director Susan Jones will be sharing evidence gathered through a-n/AIR’s Paying Artists campaign over a hearty lunch of vitamin-rich soup at Stoke-on-Trent’s AirSpace Gallery, the latest event in a series of talks and workshops.

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Paying artists

Collected resources that aid good practice and terms of reference for valuing artists’ contributions to the arts within society.

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Local authorities face 6.7% cut to arts budgets, says survey

This year’s Arts Development UK survey of local authority arts investment shows the number of authorities with no direct arts service continues to grow, while budgets are once again on the decrease in real terms.

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Resource Document

Sample fees and day rates for visual artists 2014-15

Provides a framework for artists’ fees and charges for work such as commissions, residencies, community projects and gallery education, that reflects artists’ career stage, experience level and overheads.

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Artists’ work in 2013

Susan Jones’ analysis and commentary of Artists’ work in 2013 uses data drawn from a-n.co.uk/jobs to track current trends in artists’ employment.

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Code of Practice 2012

Good practice portfolio

Key resources and tools from across this site that talk about the principles and practical application of good practice

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Marina Abramovic. Image: Vimeo screengrab
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Abramović method: the unpaid volunteer is present

Marina Abramović’s New York-based institute for performance art is looking for experienced applicants for some key part-time roles. But there’s a catch – you need to be able to commit to two or more days a week and not expect to get paid.

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Should publicly-funded galleries have a published exhibitions policy?

As part of the Paying artists advocacy materials I am researching examples of openly-published exhibition policies on the websites for publicly-funded galleries. I have come across some – for example fabrica.org.uk/info-for-artists/exhibiting/ and www.g39.org/cgi-bin/website.cgi?place=infomation  that provide some useful information. I thought […]

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