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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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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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