A Paying Artists Working Group is being set up to inform the development of a-n / AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide and support its implementation over the next five years.
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The UK has the most highly developed arts infrastructure in the world. But, asks 2016-17 Clore Visual Artist Fellow Maurice Carlin in the first of two short provocations, imagine if it all disappeared overnight. Would it make a difference to your career? Would you still make art? And what do we want this infrastructure to do?
A new report by François Matarasso has been published on the impact of a week-long pilot lab that offered six early career artists, aged 50 and over, time to explore how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop.
The new strategy will tackle the growing challenges artists face in sustaining their careers, with a fundamental aim of ensuring policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.
Across two days of talks, workshops and get-togethers, Assembly Margate explored both the specifics of living and working as an artist in a town with a small population where art can be a contentious subject, and the broader picture of how artists deal with issues such as regeneration, gentrification and working with communities.
a-n’s touring programme of workshops, talks and get-togethers begins in early May with Assembly Margate, devised in collaboration with Margate-based social artist Dan Thompson. Stephen Palmer reports.
At IAA Europe’s recent annual two-day general meeting in Berlin, a key workshop discussed the issue of social security and the mobility of visual artists within Europe. Pippa Koszerek reports that, despite Brexit, such discussions remain important to UK artists.
For the latest in her series on artists’ books, Sarah Bodman looks at the work of Maddy and Paul Hearn who, with fellow artist Vickie Fear, are behind this month’s Counter: Plymouth Art Book Fair.
Following more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions.
a-n and AIR to launch landmark piece of guidance for securing payment for artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries, with an event today at the Jerwood Space, London.
For over 30 years, New York’s Guerrilla Girls have been the feminist conscience of the art world, exposing sexism through protests and original research on posters, stickers, billboards and artwork. Fisun Güner spoke to two of the founding members about their new Whitechapel Gallery show, ‘Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?’
As a-n/AIR’s Paying Artists campaign prepares for the launch of its Exhibition Payment guide on Wednesday 12 October, we take a look at some of the key moments in the campaign’s history, highlighting the rich and varied dialogue with artists and the wider visual arts sector that has informed its recommendations.
In its Arts Strategy 2016-17, published to coincide with Edinburgh’s festival season, Creative Scotland has made fair pay for artists a core aim as part of its commitment to supporting and promoting artists’ work.
a-n’s Executive Director Jeanie Scott comments on the outcome of last week’s EU Referendum, and outlines how a-n will continue to support its membership as we navigate uncharted territory.
Whilst writing my dissertation ‘Contemporary Portraiture: the Influence of Primary and Secondary Sources’, one of the artist’s I looked at was Chuck Close. Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is an American painter and photographer, renowned for his large-scale photo based portraits. […]
PART 2 Please see Part 1 of this blog for an introduction. Ways of working: studios and public programmes During the research trips we sought out organisations that we felt Primary could learn something from, in some way reflecting our […]
Primary is an artist-led space in Nottingham. Through the A-N Go & See bursary, we went to visit artist-led spaces and arts venues in Scotland and the Netherlands to learn about different organisational models, approaches to public programming and supporting artists.
Francis Alÿs Sometimes ‘Making Something Leads to Nothing’ (1997) My Recent performance/Video work has been looking at the absurd; I have been doing rather than having done to me. I have looked at two contemporary artists who in their own […]
Launching today, a-n is a lead partner in a comprehensive survey into how visual artists in England live and work, part of a new Arts Council England research project that will shape future support and initiatives for artists. Take part and share your views on the day-to-day realities of being a professional artist and the challenges and barriers you face.
The Islington Mill Art Academy in Salford has been providing a free alternative to mainstream art education since 2007. Sara Jaspan speaks to its co-founder, Maurice Carlin, and gets the views of artists who’ve taken part in the Academy’s ever-evolving investigation of what art education can be.
Since 2014 myself and Lydia Catterall have been developing a research based project initially titled ‘Art/Work’ – looking at the relationships between the arts and the systems that contain it. Speaking to working artists and freelance professionals, deciphering relevant literature and […]
The Association of Icelandic Artists aims to highlight the working conditions and undervaluing of creative labour that visual artists face.
Published today, a-n/AIR’s draft Exhibition Fee Framework and Guidelines is a starting point for further discussion with artists, galleries and funders.
Based on learning from the first eighteen months of the Paying Artists initiative, the paper provides a draft exhibition fee framework, with recommendations and guidance for implementing this.
Paying Artists Draft Exhibition Fee Framework, Guidelines and Recommendations published.