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Rachel Maclean: “There are certain things without which an artist can’t sustain themselves”

What does it mean to be an artist and how does the romantic idea of the creative individual pursuing their passion impact on the reality of an artistic practice? At Creative Scotland’s recent Visual Arts Sector Review event in Edinburgh, Glasgow-based artist Rachel Maclean talked about this and more. Here we republish an edited extract of her provocation.

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The city problem: “Artists are not highly regarded”

The second in Artquest’s System Failure series of conversations took place earlier this week, with a discussion looking at how artists can benefit from urban regeneration. We report from the event at Block 336, an artist-led space in Brixton, London.

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Community arts projects: “collaboration is important”

Liverpool-based artist Emma Sumner reports from two recent community arts focused events in the city, a Temporary Parliament tasked with selecting the winner of the 25,000 Euro Visible Award for ‘socially engaged practices in a global context’, and a conference organised by Liverpool Biennial which looked to learn from the legacy of community arts projects in the light of a renewed interest in socially engaged art.

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