A recent advert by Sainsbury’s in Camden asked for an artist to ‘volunteer their skills’ to refurbish the branch’s staff canteen, with the resulting social media storm prompting press articles and an apology from the supermarket. a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott considers what the incident says about the barriers and misconceptions artists face.
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A Sainsbury’s store in North London has provoked outrage from artists on social media after advertising an unpaid opportunity for an artist to redesign its staff canteen.
With more than double the anticipated number of responses, the Artists’ Livelihoods survey into how visual artists in England live and work forms part of the most comprehensive study of its kind in over a decade. Stephen Palmer reports.
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.
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.
The Design and Artists Copyright Society is marking ten years of the Artist’s Resale Right in the UK with the publication of a white paper containing key facts and figures about the scheme, which has so far distributed £47 million in royalties.
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.
Paying Artists Draft Exhibition Fee Framework, Guidelines and Recommendations published.
When a change of government in the Netherlands reversed years of generous state support for the arts, Rune Peitersen got together with other artists to challenge anti-artist rhetoric and argue for fair pay and support for artists and arts organisations. He talks to artist and AIR Council member Joseph Young about Platform BK, the small but dynamic organisation he co-founded five years ago.
International study says the ‘moral and economic rights’ of artists must be protected if they are to sustain their creative activity and fuel the economy. Frances Richens reports.
Resources on the a-n site that aid artists to negotiate better and achieve good conditions and terms as they pursue their practices and projects. See also my selection from a range of other sites in 20 Great sources on artists […]
The third event in Artquest’s System Failure series, co-organised by a-n and AUE, discussed artists’ low pay and featured Paying Artists Regional Advocate Mark Gubb on the panel. Joseph Young reports.
Sample day rates to guide arts budgeting and to help visual artists negotiate a fair rate of pay for short-term contracts such as commissions, residencies and community projects.
Scottish Artists’ Union and Artists’ Union England call on the Department for Work & Pensions to revoke Universal Credit and implement a more workable welfare system.
Artist and AIR Council member Joseph Young attended the recent Europe-wide IAA conference in Pilsen, Czech Republic, where he was speaking about the Paying Artists campaign. He reports from the home of Pilsner lager on three days of discussion, debate and far too many procedural matters.
A new series of conversation events in London, produced by Artquest and part-programmed with a-n and Axisweb, will ask ‘how could the art world perform better for artists?’
At a recent festival in Belgium about Europe-wide cultural solidarity, artist and AIR Council member Joseph Young talked about a-n/AIR’s Paying Artists campaign. He reports on a debate characterised by politically outspoken artists and networking over mojitos in the Che Guevara tent.
Jeremy Corbyn, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership campaign, has expressed his support for a-n/AIR’s Paying Artists in his recently published plan for the arts.
A recent event in Leeds organised by Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy asked whether artists were the key to making a step change in arts and culture giving. Amelia Crouch went along and found that the issue of low pay for artists was all-but ignored – but that the idea of artists as fundraisers may not be all bad.
The campaign to ‘save the future of creativity in schools’ is back, following recent proposals by education secretary Nicky Morgan that would exclude creative subjects from new school accountability measures.
Julie McCalden reports on the outcomes of the recent project that set a team of eleven artists across five cities the task of ensuring artists’ voices were heard in the Paying Artists campaign during the lead up to the general election.
A European Commission study examining different national mechanisms of artists’ pay across Europe is inviting photographers, illustrators and designers to complete an online survey about how they are remunerated.
A new report published by a-n brings together research findings to inform recommendations for a future approach to the payment of artists exhibiting in publicly-funded galleries.
Summary of the consultations that took place as part of the Paying Artists campaign to listen to feedback from the arts sector about the issue of paying artists who exhibit in publicly-funded galleries.