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?

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.
fbittencourt
Surfing through virtual spaces has become a common habit for most of us. Technology is just an amplifier of abilities, especially for Generation Y; born between 1981 and 2000. Technology helps us do more – and faster. Generation Y grew up immersing itself in role playing computer games or learning to tango via YouTube.
Elena DI FEDERICO
This research investigates the evolution of cultural leadership - a key concept in cultural policy and training since 2002. Indicating that cultural leadership has a vital critical role to play in democratic society, the research argues for more effective engagement between sectoral leaders, including artists, and questions of policy and cultural value. The PhD thesis by Jonathan Price ( On the Edge Research ) traces the short history of the term 'cultural leadership' and situates it within longer trajectories of cultural policy. Through critical discourse analysis the research questions the...
fbittencourt
On 25/26 February 2016 a group of about 35 participants representing the creative and cultural sectors from the EU Member States gathered in Berlin to discuss “developing the entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors”.
fbittencourt
Precarity – the uncertainty over long-term access to resources – is wide-spread in the cultural sector. Low paid or even unpaid work, excessive workloads and low institutional support for freelancers are only some of its characteristics.
Elena DI FEDERICO
The live performance sector - that is still today the main source of employment for performers throughout the world - is a very dynamic one. It has existed for centuries and has always been able to adapt. The pressures it is now confronted with are largely driven by the crisis-ridden global economic context and the expansion of IT and its related new technologies. This document reveals the numerous challenges that need to be overcome. This report presents the results of a survey conducted by tFIA (International Federation of Actors) in summer 2014. It is based on an online questionnaire that...
Elena DI FEDERICO
Partnering is about "collaborating to create a bigger cake rather than competing to get a smaller slice of a smaller cake" - this UK study explains how it works. For UK cultural organisations of all sizes, multiple partnerships are now a fact of life. The term "partnership" is widely used, yet ubiquitous. This Enquiry presents a new taxonomy of relationships that tries to capture their ecology, based on the evidence gathered from 94 organisations across the country. The art of partnering is the final report of a Cultural Enquiry by King's College, London in collaboration with the BBC, which...

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