Paying Artists Campaign
Ever since I graduated from art school I knew I would be in for long haul of a journey to make a career out of being artist. Something that I wouldn’t want any other way. I have a part-time job that allows me to make work and exhibit all over the country. I’ve had a few successes, my first small commissions, making friends with people from all over the world, thanks in part to places like this blog and social media.
However there is a downside, I would like to be able to make this my job in the future, to be able to say I support myself by the work I make and exhibit, which comes down to being paid for where I go. At the end of the day I am have bills to pay like any other person making their way in the world. Not crazy sums like the established big names such as the YBA’s. I know I have to work for free to get myself known, the exposure. There may come a time when I have to say enough is enough, you need to pay me for making/exhibiting my work.
What needs to happen is a change in legislation and finding that makes is possible to pay all artist in publicly funded spaces. This will allow for diversity and creativity remain, and increase. I don’t want to get to that point and say I was once an artist. I am proud to say I am an artist, long may it continue. Please support the Paying Artists campaign sign up today and spread the word, ensure that creative remains as vibrant and open to all.