Sustainability

How to make a living as an artist? How to survive as an arts organisation?

As we continue struggle out of the crisis, we must give ourselves a chance; not for survival, but for success.  

To start with, let's reassess our professional strategies and business models. How do we use our potential and our resources? How do we contribute to the sustainability of the environment we work and live in? What does sustainability in the arts mean and how to achieve it? And what role can the arts play in that wider issue: helping to save the planet, the environment we live and work in?

Emma Wilson
When I was a kid, my mother was invited to join the Junior Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was a social group, but they were very helpful to the AGO, most notably because they started and ran an excellent program whereby members could rent paintings from the collection. I can’t imagine such a group running such a program these days, but I’ve been thinking about volunteers and volunteerism in the arts and how often it does not work so well.
chashama Inc.
Elenq
Most artists earn very little. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of aspiring young artists. Do they give to the arts willingly or unknowingly? Governments and other institutions also give to the arts, to raise the low incomes. But their support is ineffective: subsidies only increase the artists' poverty. The economy of the arts is exceptional.
jesus.carnerero
To what extent are employment policies and Active Labor Market Programs (ALMP) in Arab Mediterranean countries capable of reducing the mismatch in cultural and creative sectors and supporting youth employability? This study aims to identify the main obstacles facing job creation in these areas, and assess gaps between the supply of skills (by universities and training centers) and their demand (by the labor market).
fbittencourt
Many senior arts executives believe it is their role to provide leadership, and they manage to build effective boards to pursue their vision of the organization. Sometimes this works, but very often it doesn’t. Very often, board members abdicate their responsibilities and allow themselves to be led astray by a persuasive executive director.
Constantina Pap...
In an ideal world the development of dance, art and music should not have to be so intricately tied to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – nor should it be tied to the public purse either. Increased CSR has121105 - stage_curtains[1] undoubtedly allowed dance companies to grace more stages, kept art exhibitions open for longer, and facilitated free admission to creative festivals. When the curtain goes up, the show dubbed ‘corporations are great for society’ may be considered spectacular. Often all the audience sees is what has been carefully constructed in the form of entertainment.
fbittencourt
How does sharing economy contribute to the shift towards sustainability? How can new economic models build different forms of knowledge and thinking? What role can cultural sector play in achieving this change?
herisson
"Reproduction, appropriation, new narratives, and opposition to hegemonies: techniques art has used to challenge the mass-produced cultural propaganda of fascism, late imperialistic capitalism and outmoded intrinsically conservative, individualistic and modernist beliefs about autonomy. This type of avant-garde approach had real cultural importance and it was dangerous."
Roland de Graaf
"Een maand na de subsidiebeslissingen in Vlaanderen werd ook de vierjaarlijkse ronde in Nederland een slagveld voor de podiumkunsten. Vaste waarden als Dood Paard, het Theaterfestival, Orkater, Laura van Dolron, het Haagse danshuis Korzo, LeineRoebana, Popfestival Noorderslag: allemaal zien ze hun toekomstplannen verdampen. Het onderliggende probleem blijkt hetzelfde als in Vlaanderen. Er is veel te weinig budget voor de beschikbare kwaliteit, en dat blokkeert alle groeikansen."
Elenq
A practical approach to reducing environmental impacts associated with touring productions and performances. This guide focuses specifically on the touring aspect of your production. It is divided into before the tour, on the tour and after the tour and will cover topics including; routing, accommodation and liaising with venues. It is aimed at any decision makers involved in the planning of the tour.
fbittencourt
From Van Gogh to Rembrandt, from William Blake to John Keats to countless others unremarked, most artists suffer a meagre existence. The notion of “hunger artists”, as Kafka wrote, has a timeless quality that some artists have adorned as a badge of honour. But what has happened to the “starving artists” of Australia, given its sustained 25-year run of uninterrupted economic growth, is particularly jarring.

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