It's the Economy, Stupid.
A BLOG ABOUT ARTS ECONOMICS
I am a drawing artist, author, publisher and curator based in the UK, and have been working in the arts for over 20 years. I currently teach MA Illustration at the University of Falmouth, and printmaking at Richmond Art School.
Despite my creative practice having been based around storytelling and process-based drawing for all this time, like many artists in the UK economics has often occupied the largest space in my head. It has greatly affected choices in jobs I have had access to, the things I make, and how I live my everyday life while still continuing a creative practice.
One of my main drives has been independence. Maybe because my first art education was still in the 20th Century I wanted art to stand alone as a valid and useful thing in society, and one that didn't need to be pretty, seek patronage or sell a product. Not that I haven't put in funding applications from time to time, but when I started out I was always happier selling lipstick and shampoo to pay for ink than trying to make art for someone else's agenda. Throughout the years I also worked in professional illustration as well as with community projects and in the film and TV industry. Although I am mostly concerned with visual art and writing, I really believe that all the arts are one big family often with similar struggles.
In the end I spent so much time thinking about the economics of the arts industry, I started a blog to try and verbalise ideas about what on earth we can do to become a financially sustainable industry to work in, that reflects the many voices of our whole society.
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