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The chance to dream: why fund individual artists?

Although not a major aspect of artists’ liveli­hoods, grants and awards to artists are a vital contributor to sustaining art practices over a life-cycle. This paper starts by outlining the benefits of direct funding to individual artists, describes differing arts policy perspec­tives on this in England over the last thirty years and provides a case study of Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Scheme 2003 – 14 before making an argument for new, nuanced, localised approaches to nurturing and supporting the wider constituency of visual artists and diversity of art practices in future.

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Artists’ liveli­hoods: the artists in arts policy conundrum

Doctoral research 2015 – 19 that gathered quali­tative evidence from artists in North West England to define conducive condi­tions for pursuing art practices and liveli­hoods over time. Includes critique of arts policies in England 1985 – 2015 intended to be supportive of artists and new insights into barriers to sustaining artists’ liveli­hoods in future.

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Artists work in 2016

This Research paper commis­sioned by a‑n The Artists Infor­mation Company is part of a series which first began in 2007 as a means of providing on-going evidence and insight on the context for, and nature of, employment for visual artists. By refer­encing data from prior years, Artists work in 2016 identifies the impli­ca­tions of changes in the condi­tions for artists’ employment and liveli­hoods and proposes some areas for consid­er­ation by those charged with formu­lating policy and measuring the economic and social impact of the arts.

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Are the creative indus­tries good for artists?

Ever since the early days of New Labour in 1997, it’s been government and arts policy to integrate and progress devel­opment of the visual arts through the creative industry umbrella and to embrace its economic imper­a­tives. As this situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, through my new research I’m addressing some key questions. Do these indus­tries provide a conducive environment in which visual artists can make a living and develop their careers? Are the condi­tions and employment practices more favourable to ways of working by some artists while others lose out?

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Enforcement, equanimity and an afterword – thoughts on sustaining fair pay for artists

Intro­duction to fees to artists for exhibiting in public with examples indicating that sustaining such schemes is dependent on widespread and continued accep­tance of the principle and rigorous self-regulation within the sector, and on gaining suitable levels of public subsidy to the visual arts. Three financing options are considered in support of equanimity. An afterword considers whether in a political climate of reduced subsidy to the public sector, some new strategies are needed to finance the arts and artists’ contributions.

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