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Artists are getting poorer

Survey finds most earn less than £10,000 a year
30th November 2017 08:03 GMT
via The Art Newspaper

The majority of artists in the UK earn less than £5,000 a year after tax—and below $10,000 in the US—according to a survey of 1,533 practitioners, conducted this month by the online artist-to-market website Artfinder.

Dubbed the “Artist Income Project”, this first survey of anonymous data across several platforms, including Artfinder, finds “artists are still not paid fairly. Or at all.” All the surveyed artists are described as “independent”, meaning they sell their art directly, rather than through a gallery.

In the UK survey of 823 artists, 55.1% say they earn between £1,000 and £5,000 net per year while 17.7% earn between £5,000 and £10,000. At the raw end, 9.3% of UK artists state their income as zero. This combined figure of 82.1% is worse than the findings of a previous survey of 1,061 artists, conducted by a-n, an artist data company, which in 2013 found that 72% of artists earned under £10,000.

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epodium artist Grimanesa Amorós at Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

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Rhode Island School of Design Event

VISITING ARTIST | GRIMANESA AMORÓS Reception: Tuesday November 14, 6 pm at Chace Center Lobby. Artist Talk: November 14, 7-9 pmMetcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum, 20 North Main St. Providence, RI

Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory. Through her art she conveys an ephemeral wonder, entrancing viewers from all different backgrounds and communities to become agents of empowerment. She makes use of sculpture, video and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. She was a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2014, earned an NEA Visual Artist Fellowship and an NEA Artist Travel Grant, and participated in the Art In Embassies Program. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more info, please visit the link below:
https://events.risd.edu/event/grimanesa_amoros_talk_reception
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