Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thursday 26 March: WORK and ART: How Artists make a living SYMPOSIUM at UCA Canterbury

You are warmly invited to the Work and Art: How Artists make a living Symposium at UCA Canterbury on Thursday 26 March 2015, presented by Collaborative Research Group and CRATE Studio and Project Space.

Image: Tatiana Baskakova, Co-operate or Die, 2014 (photo: Tristan Lathey)

@ UCA Canterbury, New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3AN

Work and Art: How Artists make a living

Tatiana Baskakova, Emma Braso, Collaborative Research Group, Sam Curtis, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Susan Jones, Hurley and Thornton, Sarah Jones, Shama Khanna, Robert Laycock, Jasmine Pradissitto, Holly Rogers, Angus Sanders-Dunnachie, Tania Skakun and Carlos Noronha Feio.

With a *reading room & exhibition consisting of publications, films and artwork by:
Fani Bitou, Catterall/Martin, Jason Haynes, Alice Kemp, Sophie Mallet, Antonia Meile, Rose Parish and The Public Zine Library.

This symposium will investigate and examine the multiple ways in which artists, curators and writers sustain themselves economically. Very few artists work solely as artists and this symposium will focus on the variety of ways in which artists supplement their incomes, looking at the relationship between economic activity and creative output. The symposium provides a space for considering the backstage aspects of being an artist/arts practitioner, considering the various ways in which artists earn money or labour (as non-artists) to support their artistic careers, and what it means for artists to occupy these multiple roles in society. We aim to sample a breadth of current artistic economic activity, and have invited practitioners to present innovative approaches to survival as an arts practitioner.

The event is the culmination of Collaborative Research Group, a post-academic programme supported by CRATE Studio and Project Space in Margate and University for the Creative Arts Canterbury, focusing on the practicalities and pluralities of contemporary visual arts practice.
Collaborative Research Group is funded by European Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration and Kent County Council, with support from CRATE Studio and Project Space and University for the Creative Arts.


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUP have worked directly with over 260 thinkers including artists, directors, curators, builders, students, writers and researchers, have presented and commissioned artworks by over 120 artists, and presented lectures, workshops and activity to approximately 9600 members of the public, students and arts practitioners.
All this activity has unearthed research and practice around notions of collaboration, exchange, economy, professionalism, strategy, institutional/organisational practice, modes of working, hierarchical networks within the art-world among many other things.

* The Herbert Read Gallery at UCA Canterbury will house a Work and Art reading room and film exhibition running Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 10am - 6pm, which will be free to attend.