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Liv Wynter, artist, performer and activist
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A Q&A with… Liv Wynter, artist, performer, activist

The outspoken artist and performer Liv Wynter is undertaking a residency at the artist-run Royal Standard titled HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING YOU? to coincide with this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Liverpool Biennial. Laura Robertson speaks to her about activism, artists getting paid, and remembering Ana Mendieta.

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Sainsbury’s ‘opportunity’: ludicrous, misguided and all too common

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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Artists Livelihoods
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Comprehensive new study: Artists’ Livelihoods survey needs your views

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.

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Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, Scene 12, 2015, HD video, Courtesy the artist and Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), Copyright Rachel Maclean, 2015
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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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Rune Peitersen (standing) and other Platform BK members
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Platform BK, Netherlands: “An active think-tank for artists”

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.

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Negotiating better

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 […]

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EU survey examining artists’ pay across Europe

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.

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