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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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What are we worth?

Ania Bas reports on the first in a series of discussions under the theme of The New Economy for Art being organised by Artquest, Contemporary Art Society and DACS that addressed how artists can generate income during these challenging economic and social times.

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Artists' Suicide Pills
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Artists, markets and measurement

Artist, educator and AIR Council member Rosalind Davis reports on some recent events for and about artists and contexts for practice.

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Bohemian graduates earn less

Once upon a time, bohemians were considered a sub-culture, an alternative group of individuals moved by lifestyle choices and artistic endeavours.

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Free labour in the arts

The issue of free labour in the arts received much-needed publicity in November, when a Reading Employment Tribunal ruled expenses-only pay was illegal.

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US artists workforce critical

Last year’s National Endowment study revealed the importance of artists in America’s cultural vitality and economic prosperity.

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AIR Open dialogue event
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New visual arts research

Responding to the gap in intelligence about artists and their practice, AIR: Artists’ Interaction and Representation has been conducting a series of research projects with the aim of informing cultural advocacy and policy-making.

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Towards a new deal

Commissioned by Arts Council England to inform thinking about the recession’s impact on employment in the arts and culture, Do It Yourself: Cultural and Creative Self-Employment in Hard Times addresses opportunities for young self-employed creatives and potential implications of the government’s Future Jobs Fund.

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Calling creative graduates

Launching September 2008, Creative Graduates – Creative Futures is the largest-ever study of the career patterns of graduates from UK courses in art, design, craft and media.

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Workspace for artists

Although it is sometimes considered that having an individual studio space is the aspiration of artists, for those who need to use expensive specialist equipment for a limited or specific period, gaining access to a workshop facility with technical support to hand is sometimes the better option.

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Navigating the Unknown
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Navigating the unknown

Twelve leading artists and writers are included in a new book addressing the creative process in contemporary performing arts.

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The Code of Practice - artists
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Artists’ fees update

In order to ensure their fees keep track with their level of experience and the general rate of increases in costs of living and overheads, September’s a good time for artists to review their approaches to budgeting and charging.

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Why are artists poor?

In November, some forty representatives of directors, visual artists and writers from thirteen European countries met in Amsterdam for a conference organised by EURO-MEI.

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Grants for the arts

Also under the microscope has been Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme. This has been dubbed in Annabel Jackson Associates’ evaluation of the 2003/04 scheme as “a brave and radical initiative that has transformed grant making [but that […]

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Funding strategies

Arts Council England cuts clients whilst remaining “brave and radical”.

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Calling universities

Calling universities a-n has been inviting proactive universities across the UK to sign up and participate in a new competition aimed at 2004 art and design graduates. Along with some star prizes, the competition will provide hundreds of emerging artists […]

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Open for business

Open studios events in November and December in London give an opportunity to see work by some of London’s finest designer-makers. Organised by Cockpit Arts, these events are taking place at their two sites at Holborn WC1 and Deptford SE8. […]

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Musicians’ Deal

The New Deal for Musicians is to become a permanent policy following a three-year national pilot scheme. Costing around £9 million to set up and run between August 1999 and November 2002, the pilot involved over 10,500 people who met […]

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The fascia of the Art Depot, the base for Chysalis Arts
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Development supported

North Yorkshire-based Chrysalis Arts recently got a boost to its development programme from the Development Fund for Rural Renewal. A £219,500 grant will enable this public art and training organisation to expand its activities, including enhancement of its role as […]

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Workforce trends revealed

A substantial study by Metier, the national training organisation for arts and entertainment, reveals the sector to be a large and complex one that encompasses some of the most profitable parts of the economy in the recording industry and commercial […]

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Research round-up

Micro businesses and self-employed people in the arts might benefit from micro-credit and LETS (Local Exchange Trading Schemes), according to the Banking on Culture project. This action-research project was set up to look at and encourage new sources of financial […]

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