Building resilience in visual artists

Larsen, Eileen, and Daniel, Ryan (2016) Building resilience in visual artists. NiTRO, 26 September 2016.

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As Bourdieu describes in his text 'Firing Back', the modern world has moved into a work situation dominated by employment precariousness, constant insecurity and downsizing to increase profits and therefore shareholder return. While artists have in general faced employment stresses for centuries, the impact of the broader economic move towards dominant players and markets is affecting the art world as well. Museums, galleries, performing arts companies and the like are under increasing pressure to justify spending, to evidence public value and return, and to demonstrate innovation in their work. Opportunities to seek funding are arguably in decline, as governments attempt to reign in public spending, with the arts often the first area to be hit and hit hard. Tensions also abound in relation to art for art's sake (elite) and art in a commercial context (popular), with these added tensions affecting creative practitioners and those attempting to establish a career in the area.

Item ID: 45862
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 03:37
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 100%
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