NOV – DEC 2015 | SYSTEM FAILURE: SIX CONVERSATIONS TO REBOOT THE ARTWORLD

SYSTEM FAILURE: Six conversations to reboot the art world
Organised by Artquest

For more information go to the Artquest website

The art world is a large, complex and interdependent system: individual freelancers, institutions, artist-led groups, national funders and students must all grapple with financial pressures, unclear career progression, low status and increasing pressure from Government.

 

Without artists the art world could not exist – but they often endure a highly precarious working environment, modest pay, exploitative opportunities and an impossible work/life balance. Artists are evicted from studios and temporary galleries in newly desirable urban areas to enable gentrification, with our cities becoming increasingly expensive and unaffordable. Organisations retain the bulk of their public funding but reduce artist fees as philanthropic income, officially encouraged to replace falling Government funds, fails to materialise. Art education inadequately prepares graduates for the evolving work environment that they will enter, with financial and business skills denigrated but increasingly vital for freelance careers. And irregular income makes planning or starting a family challenging for a majority of artists.

 

Six stimulating and provocative conversations between art world professionals, including artists, curators, consultants, gallery directors, academics and researchers will explore core problems in the structure of the art world, and seek to address its contemporary system failure. As well as diagnosing the problems, we’ll aim to suggest alternative ways that the art world might begin to function, in order to improve the status and earning power of visual artists.

 

Join the conversation on Twitter using #aqsystemfailure and for updates and resources on the subjects.

 

1. The funding problem: or, a better way to distribute public funding
Wednesday 4 November, 6-8pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets £7, online booking open

 

With John Kieffer and Gilane Tawadros.

 

2. The city problem: or, how artists can benefit from urban regeneration
Wednesday 11 November, 6-8pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets £7, online booking open

 

With Duncan Smith and Kirsten Dunne.

 

3. The money problem: or, how artists could be paid more than £10,000 a year

Wednesday 18 November, 6-8pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets £7, online booking open

 

With Mark Gubb and Angela Kennedy

 

This talk is programmed in partnership with a-n the artists information company.

 

4. The family problem: or, how the art world should work for artists with children

Saturday 28 November, 2-4pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets £7, online booking open

 

With Ellie Rees and Lucy Newman Cleeve

 

5. The education problem: or, how art schools could encourage more diverse ways to be an artist

Wednesday 2 December, 6-8pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets £7, online booking open

 

With Soraya Rodriguez and Doug Fishbone.

 

6. The gallery problem: or, what artists whose work doesn’t fit in galleries can do
Saturday 12 December, 2-4pm
Venue: Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA
Tickets on sale soon – follow @artquestlondon their Facebook page for updates.

 

 

 

This talk is programmed in partnership with Axisweb, and responds to their Validation beyond the gallery report.