Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour. #1: Input

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The NewBridge Project: Gateshead

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Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour is a series of six open forums inviting artists to discuss their own working conditions.

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Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour’ is a series of six open forums inviting artists to freely and frankly discuss their own working lives. In an art field characterised by low pay and precarious labour, more and more artists are turning to the platform economy (Airbnb, Deliveroo etc.) and other forms of gigwork as a means of supporting their practices. These open forums serve as a form of collective enquiry, considering what this means for artists, and for the entrenched inequalities of the art field. Each forum will be led by artist Toby Lloyd in collaboration with invited facilitators, but will prioritise the lived experience of all participants. 

The first workshop will bring together artists from different communities to discuss working conditions and how artists support themselves in a stigma free environment. The following workshops will focus discussion on the role of unions and solidarity in improving workplace conditions, the prevalence of in kind labour in the cultural sector and its impact on young artists, and address the findings of the ‘Panic!’ report and address issues of diversity, accessibility and lack of equitable pay in the arts. The final two workshops will conclude the series by hosting conversations about alternative funding structures and finding practical solutions to the problems highlighted throughout the forums. 

Assembly One: Input

The project will begin with an open discussion with artists from different communities to discuss working conditions, how artists support themselves and how we can best support each other. This initial discussion will take place in a stigma free space that will focus on the lived experiences of contributors.

Date and Time: Thur 26th September, 10:30-12:30

Workshop leader: Nicola Singh

‘Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour’ is supported by the Not-Equal Network+ at Newcastle University, and is organised by Lucas Ferguson-Sharp and Harry Weeks.

The series is programmed by Lucas Ferguson Sharp and Harry Weeks and is a continuation of Workforce from earlier in 2019.

Accessibility: NewBridge Gateshead has full street-level accessibility. This event will take place in the gallery space on the ground floor of NewBridge Gateshead. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

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