Good Practice - a-n The Artists Information Company


A guide to DBS checks

As an artist or freelancer working (on a paid or voluntary basis) in certain environments – such as running workshops in schools or with vulnerable adults – requires you to undertake a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Educator Sarah Blaszczok explains why a DBS check is needed, how to get one, and the costs involved.

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Blog Post

Follow the excitement…

I heard a talk by artist Donna Fleming recently which made a few key things fall into place. She talked about how crucial it is to follow what feels exciting in one’s work rather than worrying about what you THINK […]

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Resource Guide

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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Resource Guide

Negotiating a better rate of pay

Getting paid a fair fee is not suggestive of a revolution. So why does it sometimes incur resistance, both from those who pay and from ourselves? This guide by Rod McIntosh introduces ideas towards getting paid what you want and indeed deserve.

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Artists’ residencies guidance

Selected resources and blogs from the a-n website that collectively suggest good practices and provide practical insight to artists seeking to work through residencies, and organisers and hosts offering residencies.

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Blog Post

Dodge the Shredder

I spent an enjoyable last Friday on A-N’s Granted: Dodge the Shredder training session led by the fascinating and engaging Emilia Telese. It’s about improving the chances of successful grant applications but its lessons translate throughout one’s practice. I got […]

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Legal guides

Legally-sound guidance on contracts, copyright and the law. Includes links to The Artists Contracts Toolkit – an interactive resource to build your own contract and gain understanding of clauses and terms.

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Paying artists

Collected resources that aid good practice and terms of reference for valuing artists’ contributions to the arts within society.

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Code of Practice 2012

Good practice portfolio

Key resources and tools from across this site that talk about the principles and practical application of good practice

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AIR AIR activities

Research into artists’ fees commissioned

Following AIR Council fact-finding and sifting of artists’ opinions over recent months, consultants DHA Communications have been commissioned to develop a body of evidence and advocacy tools for a campaign highlighting the need to pay artists for their vital contributions to arts and culture.

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News News story

Conference report: Culture in Motion

Rich Hadley reports on the recent Culture in Motion conference in Brussels and reflects on the relationships between artists and their public.

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Resource Guide

The Code of Practice for the Visual Arts

The Code of Practice for the Visual Arts and how to use it. Includes profiles and negotiating advice from artists, a guide to working out what to charge, plus links to other useful resources.

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Resource Archive Discussion

New opportunities

I have recently responded to a couple of exhibition opportunity announcements and followed them through – the most recent: Calling all artists for a group exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery.

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Resource Archive News archive

Changes in CRB

Report by Lucy Day setting out ways in which changes to CRB Disclosures application procedures may affect artists.

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