26 April 2018 to 29 April 2018
26 April 2018 to 29 April 2018

The forces of the market


Our network is not a marketplace. The focus on artistic practice, exchange, collaboration and mobility have deliberately placed a barrier between the purpose of meeting each other on common ground and the increasingly aggressive ‘market forces’ in our field. Yet we all have to make a living, which has not become any easier in recent times. There are hierarchies and discrepancies in the current system that increasingly favour the wealthy and privileged. In light of this we would like to invite you to a workshop where we try to articulate the challenges that people in different places face when making and touring their work. The aim is to explore how we can create greater equity and mutual understanding.

Reserve your place

Max 25 participants. Priority access will be given to IETM members. Non-members will be able to subscribe upon availability of places after 20 April. 

This venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Centro Português de Fotografia
Campo Mártires da Pátria
27 April, 2018 - 11:15 to 17:15

Share your ideas


image of Pippa Bailey

As a maker, consultant and creative producer of live performance (AU & UK) with a strong interest in human rights, environmental sustainability and social justice, I have been exploring the relationship between economic models and cultural 'production' for some years. Theatre, as a microcosm of wider social trends, doesn't function well in current market models, has been coopted by corporate structures, language and agendas while trading (globally) in aspiration, increasingly to the detriment of the artist.

I have been working with Professor Bronwen Morgan, in the faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales whose research explores transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts, and the interaction between regulation and socio-economic rights, especially in the context of social activism.

“Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business…. The small business is the idealized social form of our time. Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer, not the saint or scientist, but the entrepreneur. .. Autonomy, adventure, imagination: entrepreneurship comprehends all this and more for us. The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan.”
(William Deresiewicz New York Times 2011, ‘Generation Sell’)

Who pays for our work? Why do they pay? Is the content on our stages undermined by the machinery that delivers it? When touring, what responsibily do we have to other socio/economic realities? Activists are innovating other sectors by looking at the gross injustices in supply chains - E.G. fashion, food, single use plastics, etc. What could this thinking mean for our sector?

The 2013 paper commissioned by IETM also offers some interesting insight for this session. Please see the link below.

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