Under-counting, a gendered industry, and precarious work: the challenges facing Creative Australia in supporting visual artists

Tue, 3 Oct 2023 03:24:08 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"When Arts Minister Tony Burke launched the bill introducing Creative
Australia, the new organisation at the heart of the Revive Cultural Policy, he
did so with a bold statement:

Creative Australia recognises that artists and creatives throughout our
great landscape, from metropolitan cities to the red desert, are workers. In
exchange for what they give us, they should have safe workplaces and be
remunerated fairly.

In 2022, we surveyed 702 visual and craft artists and arts workers, making this
the largest single scholarly survey of this cohort in Australia to date. We
were interested to find out the ways artists combined income from various
sources, within and beyond their art practice.

Our new research identifies three key areas that need to be addressed to ensure
fair remuneration for all visual and craft artists. We need to acknowledge the
likely under-counting of the number of artists in Australia, the gendered
nature of this population, and the complex ways artists earn an income."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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