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Becoming self-employed

If you are an artist or arts organisers who earns income from a variety of sources, self-employment is usually a good option as it enables you to work for many different people and perform more than one type of work. This guide by financial services experts Counterculture explains what self-employment means, how to register as self-employed, and how and when you will need to pay tax.

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Changing face of artists employment
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Changing face of artists’ employment

Explores the affect of the economic recession on the livelihoods of artists in terms of access to employment and career opportunities and raises concerns about how artists’ practice is likely to fare in this period of arts austerity. [HTML format]

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Artists, tax, and self-employed status

The recent coverage in a-n publications on good practice and rates of pay for artists is very useful, but I think that an important issue has not been covered.

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Joshua Sofaer
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Self-employed artist

Linda Ball explores how self-employed artists operate and how an artist-run business can work.

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Getting paid

As a professional artist you may spend a good part of your time sending out invoices, chasing payments and generally worrying about your cashflow. This guide considers different payment options and offers practical advice on managing debtors.

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Ladders for development: Impact of Arts Council England funding cuts on practice-led organisations

New evidence exposing, quantifying and discussing the likely impact on the visual arts of Arts Council England’s decisions on fifteen previously Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) visual arts organisations unsuccessful in their NPO application. It shows that a disproportionate number of artists’ membership and development agencies and practice-based organisations lost core funding, despite ACE’s aim of creating a balanced national portfolio and makes recommendations for sustaining their work as part of a strengthened arts ecology.

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Resource Profile

Eleanor Pritchard

Cynthia Cousens explores the practice of weave-designer Eleanor Pritchard, discussing exhibitions, commissions and Crafts Council support.

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Established breaks

I used to subscribe regularly to a-n many years ago and have just renewed my subscription online. In searching the site I have not been able to find anything collated (enlighten me please if I’m wrong!) specific for the more […]

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Professional development

The primary aim of A.a (Artist’s aid), an artists’ support organisation co-directed by Sophia Crilly and Nicola Siddons, is to establish communication and networks between artists in Manchester and environs. It brings together practising artists to discuss their work and […]

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Emily Speed, The Committee, 2015. Courtesy: Emily Speed
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Assessing opportunities

Artists and advisers identify key questions to ask to help sift the good opportunities from the mediocre, and the downright mendacious.

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Pensions for artists

Primarily aimed at self-employed artists, this guide sets out why people should be considering a pension or retirement plan and offers advice on a number of different choices that are available.

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Counter culture
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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit that is designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. This guide by financial services experts Counterculture explains how Universal Credit is calculated and how it may impact those who are self-employed.

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Applying the age discrimination law

An overview of the current Age Discrimination law in Great Britain under the Equality Act 2010, followed by a set of action points for arts employers, and guidance for individuals who might want to challenge a decision or a practice.

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Joe Stevens
Resource Archive Feature

Choice blogs archive 2009 – 2012

Over the course of four years, artists, curators and writers were invited to select blogs from the a-n site. Their choices highlights the range and depth of practice discussed on a-n’s artists’ blogging platform at that time.

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Getting legal advice

Most professional artists will occassionally need to seek legal advice about some aspect of their practice. This guide by Rebecca Farley signposts key sources of legal advice and information.

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Chris in his studio
Resource Profile

Career profile: Chris Agnew

After his first solo show in London this June, Richard Taylor talks to Chris Agnew about MA study, moving his studio practice to Romania, individualising professional practice, plus much more.

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Postgraduate focus

Here, we profile a selection of courses offering postgraduate level study for artists seeking to develop their practice further within creative, supportive and critically challenging environments.

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Artists work in 2011
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Artists’ work in 2011

This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs_and_opps, this series set out in 2007 to track on an ongoing basis the key categories of awards/fellowships, academic posts, art vacancies, commissions, exhibitions, residencies and competitions/prizes, and by doing so, to identify any trends arising, and provide commentary and contextual evidence and analysis from other related sources, to contribute to arts and cultural consultations and policy.

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Exhibitions are not enough: Publicly-funded galleries and artists? professional development

Reyahn King explores the role of galleries within professional development for visual artists. In the current climate, how can professional development for visual artists be continued and improved? This paper suggests that one answer lies in the relationship between publicly-funded regional galleries and visual artists becoming wider, deeper, and more strongly valued.

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