Podcast discussion with Owen Kelly and Sophie Hope in the MIAAW series exploring the impossible infrastructure for artists’ practices and livelihoods.
I was honoured to be invited into Owen Kelly and Sophie Hope’s regular podcasts on community, creativity, cultural democracy and the commons, where we developed themes from the June summit on artists’ exploitation in Aberdeen and the associated publication by Axis.
In an ‘The impossible infrastructure for artists’ we discussed whether activism including amplified unionisation, FRANK’s ambitions for widespread adoption of good working practices or instigating new publicly-funded, peer-reviewed Creative Allowance awards could be the lasting solution to what Hollis Frampton described (on p38 of the Axis publication) as artists’ ‘humiliation’ when powerless to effect change in their working conditions.
Clearly arts organisations could — and might choose to — do better by artists. But could other strategic measures ‘bake’ equity and inclusion principles into arts infrastructures for the decades ahead?