Mark Gubb and Angela Kennedy: the money problem, or, how artists could be paid more than £10,000 a year

Without artists, there is no art world – no Frieze or commercial galleries or arts-led regeneration. Why are we paid so badly, and what can we do about it? http://soundcloud.com/artquest/system-failur …

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Georgia Gendall: what do artists do all day?

I have Weetabix every morning (although I did recently dabble in Country Crisp in an attempt to spice up my life but it didn’t spiced up my life so I swiftly returned to the trusty ‘bix). When I first …

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Hunt & Darton: on earning a living

Live art duo Hunt & Darton address the question of how artists (without an easily sellable output) might earn enough to live and support their practice without spending all their time working for mone …

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Sarah Roberts: on the challenges of installation art

The Albatross of the Installation Artist //Doesn’t Everyone Dream of Making Small Work?? It’s 7.30am and I’m waiting for the loading bay to open at Victoria House for the setup of Saatchi New Sensatio …

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Anonymous: Pay them the money

When I first started leading a publicly funded visual arts organisation in the late nineties my priority was to do everything I could to pay artists fees for making artworks. This could be a residency …

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Anonymous: Ignore this at your peril

We hold low status. Outside the institution our experience is dismissed. Inside the institution our experience is increasingly dismissed. We are artists and we work in gallery education. We work hard …

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Anonymous: Shut up and sell out

Buy an artist a drink, and the chances are you’ll be rewarded for your generosity with a well-worn conversation about money. How can I sell without selling out, how can I work while still making work? …

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Brixi: selling in independent shops

You might be keen to sell your work – crafts, editions or the like – via independent shops, but do you know how ‘Sale or Return’ works and how much commission is the norm? Emy Gray, the founder of Bri …

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Michael McManus: private commissions

Painter Michael McManus writes about his experiences undertaking his first private commissions. Michael was awarded the LIFEBOAT residency 2012 During the course of the lifeboat residency I developed …

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Steve Messam: on installation

Steve Messam has been working as an installation artist for the last 18 years, specialising in large site-specific, temporary structures. In this article he explains why it pays to engage with the loc …

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