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Employment status

Last month, as part of gathering evidence to support future art and design courses and government job creation programmes, we asked AIR members to respond to a survey about their employment status. As a result, we now have firm statistics to take back to HE and Government.

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Launching the arts manifesto

Earlier this year, AIR members were invited to contribute to National Campaign for the Arts consultations on a new manifesto for the arts.

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The Design and Artists Copyright Society
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DACS partnership

As part of a new partnership arrangement with DACS – Design and Artists Copyright Society, AIR is becoming an appointed company for collective licensing.

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David Cotterrell
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Visual Arts UK Alliance

Formed last year following meetings of nationally-focused visual arts and membership bodies, the Visual Arts UK Alliance aims to provide an umbrella and consultation forum for the development of visual arts strategies.

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Artists’ representation research

Research in 2006 into the effectiveness of artists’ representation structures revealed that artists ‘unions’ across Europe and elsewhere have been struggling to attract membership from newcomers to the profession.

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AIRTIME: East Street Arts
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AIRTIME events for artists

Since 2009, AIRTIME events for artists have enabled them to both explore their approaches and strategies for their practice and to access information and networking opportunities.

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Influencing Turning point

Since 2008, AIR has been pushing for independent artist representation within implementation of Arts Council’s England’s Turning point, originally launched in 2006 as a ten-year strategic visual arts plan designed to increase government funding for the visual arts.

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CARFAC
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Consultation with CARFAC

Having celebrated its fourtieth birthday in 2008, CARFAC is keen to rebuild ties with the UK. AIR advisory group members will be meeting in June with April Britski Executive Director of CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation) during her fact-finding mission researching attitudes to support to professional artists in the UK.

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Willow Creek
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AIR invited to join ECA

Following AIR Advisory Group member Sally Sheinman’s exploratory visit to the European Council of Artists (ECA) conference in Dublin in November, AIR is being invited to join this important umbrella body, composed of interdisciplinary artists’ councils and artists’ organisations from twenty-five European countries.

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AIR joins ECA

Following AIR Advisory Group member Paul Scott’s April meeting with the organising group, AIR’s proposal to join this pan-artform practitioner body will be formally ratified at ECA’s Autumn AGM.

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2nd birthday celebration

In November, AIR celebrated its two-year milestone and the launch of the Artists’ Insurance Policy (AIP) with a gathering for artists and the art world. Held in the Art Café at London’s Toynbee Studios, AIR Advisory Group member artist Mitra Memarzia presented her take on the value of collective action.

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AIR Development summary

Committed to providing interaction amongst and representation for UK visual and applied artists, this is a summary of some of the key areas for development that AIR Artists’ Advisory Group has set out for the forthcoming period.

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