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Rethinking artists: the role of artists in the 21st Century

This essay for the 2014 Seoul Art Space, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Inter­na­tional Symposium briefly covers UK arts policies for support to artists’ devel­opment, comments on their impact on artists’ social and economic status and suggests a rethinking of the artists’ intrinsic role in society as a vital part of securing and sustaining contem­porary visual arts in the future.

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Ways and means: livelihood strategies 1984 to 2014

This audio presen­tation by Susan Jones at Work and Art, CRATE, UCA Canterbury, March 2015, considers the climate for visual artists’ practice and their artists’ ability to make a living. By refer­encing evidence and data from arts and cultural sources over the last thirty years and consid­ering insight from future forecasting, it identifies prevailing issues surrounding support to artists within the public sector. It concludes by artic­u­lating some of the inherent issues and challenges within the current and future ecology for artists and the contem­porary visual arts that need to be addressed by public funders and the sector alike. 

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