Sunday, 14 October 2012

a lot more than, 'We told you so'

Considering what gets lost, forgotten, submerged or devalorised in these struggles for distinction, it's timely to re-post work many of us have contributed to in recent years in coming to understand of our conditions of labour.

Developments - In the final version of our 2008 artists' briefing paper ahead of the bill (linked below) we didn't sufficiently highlight that a key antagonism with an organisation set up in this way might be with its necessity to self-promote - reducing its tenure from SAC's 5 years to 2 has evidently amplified this perceived need. Elsewhere we've made this conflict clear regarding ALEOs (e.g. Glasgow Life). It would be useful to update the paper and to make those connections across scales and forms of cultural governance.

The future of the arts in Scotland (2008)
an artists' briefing paper

People should not ask why, but only say because.
Public submission to parliamentary committee discussions of Creative Scotland and the Public Service Reform Bill, from Variant magazine

Some resources:

The harnessing of creativity for urban growth agendas...
or, doing differently. develop critical understanding and to broaden public discussion about 'Creative Industries' as a key aspect of contemporary policy that is presumed to address inequality.

From Funding To Franchise (Workshop)
What does the end of Flexible Funding mean for artist-run spaces in Scotland?

We think those affiliated with artist-run activity may have a different perspective on how and why to approach what is happening than other larger funded institutions. For example, in the consideration and understanding of 'value'. For all the possible gloom of the situation we are hopeful to approach this also as an opportunity to collectively consider what we really think and what we really want, and all the differences we positively hold. To see if there is a will to take this forward with a considered and genuinely creative momentum.

Art + Labour Links

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