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Key studies and quanti­tative surveys evidencing artists’ income and employment

This selected bibli­og­raphy in order of publi­cation date has arisen from my initial research into the contexts and condi­tions for artists’ liveli­hoods in the UK. It is not intended to be compre­hensive but as an aid to future researchers in this field. It focuses on key studies and quanti­tative surveys which provide evidence of income and includes at the end some of my own studies of artists’ employment. Some of the material pre-dates the internet and thus is only available in our personal archives as well-thumbed or annotated photo­copies and limited publi­cation reports. Updated December 2017.

Brighton, A, Parry J, Pearson N.M. (1985) Enquiry into the Economic Situation of the Visual Artist. London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Jones, S. (1990) The Visual Arts Survey 1990: Report for the Investment into the Future of Fine Art in Public Places Project. London: London Institute. 

Knott, C.A. (1994) Crafts in the 1990s: an independent socio-economic study of crafts­people in England, Scotland and Wales, London: Crafts Council 

University of Glasgow, Department of Sociology and Social and Economic Research (1995) A Socio-Economic Study of Artists in Scotland.Edinburgh: Scottish Arts Council.

Shaw, P, Allen, K. (1996) Artists’ Rights Programme: A review of artists’ earnings for exhibi­tions and commis­sions: Executive Summary. London: National Artists Association 

Summerton, J. (1999) Artists at Work: 1999: study of the patterns and condi­tions of work in the Southern Arts Region, Winchester: Southern Arts Board 

Galloway, S, Lindley, R, Davies, R, Scheibl, F. (2002) Balancing Act: artists’ labour markets and the tax and benefits system. London: Arts Council

Patrizio, A, Catto, A, Law, W. (2003) Making their mark: An audit of artists in Scotland – Summary, Edinburgh: Scottish Arts Council

Ball, L. (2008) Creative Graduates – Creative Futures. London: CHEAD

Antrobus, C. (2009) The funding and finance needs of artists. London: Artquest, University of the Arts 

Etches, S. (2011) The Big Artists Survey. Newcastle: a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company 

Kretschmer, M, Singh, S, Bently, L, Cooper, E. (2011) Copyright contracts and earnings of visual creators: A survey of 5,800 British designers, fine artists, illus­trators and photog­ra­phers. Bournemouth: Bournemouth University 

BOP Consulting (2012) Craft in an Age of Change. London: Crafts Council with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Craft Northern Ireland 

Simpson, L. (2013) SAU Membership Survey 2013. Glasgow: Scottish Artists Union. 

Abbing, H. (2013) Poverty and support for artists, in A Handbook of Cultural Economics Towse R., ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar pp344-349

DHA, (2013) Paying artists research: Phase 1 findings. Newcastle: a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company. 

DHA. (2014). Artworks survey of Artists. London: Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Acces­sible at http://​artwork​sal​liance​.org​.uk/​w​p​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​u​p​l​o​a​d​s​/​2014​/​07​/​A​r​t​W​o​r​k​s​-​S​u​r​v​e​y​-​o​f​-​A​r​t​i​s​t​s.pdf

SAU (2015) SAU Membership survey 2015. Glasgow: Scottish Artists Union.

Kelly, N. (2016). The Social, Economic, and Fiscal Status of the Visual Artist in Ireland 2016, Dublin: Visual Artists Ireland 

Creative Freelancers (2017) London: Creative Indus­tries Feder­ation https://​www​.creativein​dus​tries​fed​er​ation​.com/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​r​e​a​t​i​v​e​-​f​r​e​e​l​a​ncers

SAU (2017) SAU membership survey 2017. Glasgow: Scottish Artists Union

See also

Jones, S. (2009) Art work in 2008. Newcastle: a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company

Jones, S. (2011) The changing face of artists’ employment. Newcastle: a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company. Acces­sible (paid-for) at https://static.a‑…

Jones, S (2013) Artists work in 2012. Newcastle, a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company. Acces­sible (paid-for) at https://www.a‑…

Jones, S. (2014) Artists’ work in 2013. Newcastle, a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company. Acces­sible at https://static.a‑

Jones, S (2017). Artists work in 2016. Newcastle, a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company. Acces­sible at https://www.a‑

Jones. S. (2014) Artists’ low income an inter­na­tional issue. London: The Guardian