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Resource Guide

Commission agreements

This checklist by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharp covers many issues relevant to small-scale private and public art commissions, with questions to consider and further explanation of issues arising in the notes.

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Blog Post

Pitching up: where is the place for art?

Are traditional arts organisations the best vehicles for meaningful participation or should we be looking elsewhere? These are dangerous times for people and for our world of arts values. Uncertainty can cause us to be safe, edit complexity, be secretive, […]

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Blog Arts organiser

@SusanJonesArts – The Guardian columns

Republishing a selection from my writing on the Guardian. Collectively, these texts raise issues and concerns about the visual arts infrastructure, arts policy and conditions for artists’ creativity.

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Artists livelihoods: evidence and analysis

Reports and commentary from the a-n resources, Research papers and editorial features that provide evidence about or discuss issues around artists’ employment and livelihoods. See also my separate bibliography of evidence on artists’ pay 1986-2016.

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Resource Guide

Community Interest Companies (CICs)

A purpose-built legal framework and ‘brand identity’ for social enterprises that want to adopt the limited company form, the Community Interest Company organisational structure has also proved popular in the arts and charity sectors.

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Resource Guide

The contracts toolkit

This toolkit is an introduction to the contractual process, enabling artists to assess contracts and to build their own.

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Blog Post

Job for Life

It’s been a while now since I finished “that job”. Time and space have given me a little perspective on it. Despite all the stressful circumstances that led up to me resigning, I now believe that the time was not […]

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Blog Post

Cash Flow

The whole self-employed thing is great, I love feeling so liberated, being able to decide what I do and when. However, after decades of employment and salary, however meagre, the lack of regular payment is hard going. Cash flow is […]

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Blog Artist

Quiting my day job

For the last year I have been working as a healthcare assistant at hospital, but due to a number of reasons I have become very unhappy working in that job, to the point that I was always miserable. So I quit my day job and am now on the journey back into self employment.

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Blog Post

Manifesto

I have adopted an air of “Yes, I can do that!” Because I am now self employed person.   I have also adopted an air of “No, I’m sorry, I don’t do that!”   (Edited later to include “I’ve spent […]

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Resource Guide

Getting legal advice

Most professional artists will occassionally need to seek legal advice about some aspect of their practice. This guide by Rebecca Farley signposts key sources of legal advice and information.

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Resource Guide

Making funding applications

Fundraising is a competitive activity. This guide by Lisa Le Feuvre introduces the main funding sources and offers guidelines to help make winning funding applications.

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Resource Guide

Setting up an organisation

This guide by Nicholas Sharp looks at the different types of legal structures that can be used when setting up an organisation, and the implications of each.

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Resource Profile

Ellie Harrison and Jordan McKenzie

Video of the artists Ellie Harrison and Jordan McKenzie in conversation, with insights into surviving financially, alternative ways of doing things and using humour to engage people.

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lone worker: Ellie Harrison's desk at her studio in Glasgow
Resource Archive News archive

Work-a-thon for the self-employed

Ellie Harrison’s latest project ‘Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed’ will take place at Toynbee Studios, London on 13 June as part of the Two Degrees festival.

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Resource Archive Discussion

Editorial – 2010 July

In the face of a new political era compounded by an unprecedented financial climate, the need to forecast our future living and working conditions is urgently felt.

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Resource Archive Feature

Money matters

A selection of articles and other content dealing with artists’ income:

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AIR Open dialogue event
Resource Archive News archive

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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AIR AIR activities

Artists highly qualified

The recent AIR survey that revealed that levels of self-employment were higher amongst artists than the creative industries as a whole also highlighted the high level of qualifications artists hold.

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AIR AIR activities

Employment status

Last month, as part of gathering evidence to support future art and design courses and government job creation programmes, we asked AIR members to respond to a survey about their employment status. As a result, we now have firm statistics to take back to HE and Government.

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