How do we value our time and creative output? How can we maintain a sustainable art practice or creative career in an art world rife with offers of payment via ‘exposure’?
In this artists’ workshop, informed by the Artists’ Union England campaign for fair pay, we will explore ways of ensuring that creative labour is financially compensated. More specifically, how can we begin the process of creating better and fairer conditions for ourselves and others? How can artists collectively become a force towards social change? The group will work together to develop a micro-play inspired by techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, reflecting on their own experiences and collectively negotiating expectations around value and payment.
The workshop is run by Magda Fabianczyk from Artists’ Union England. It has been developed in collaboration with Ioli Tzanetaki as part of the We Hybrids projects.
Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice.
This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is recommended, as spaces are limited.
// ABOUT ARTISTS’ UNION ENGLAND
Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists, and artists with a socially engaged practice.
Artists’ Union England was publicly launched in May 2014 by a cross section of artists from across the country, in response to an evident need for representation from a trade union. Unlike other cultural professionals, artists have had no collective voice in the form of a trade union, to represent them at work and to lobby and advocate on their behalf.
As a trade union, AUE aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the value and role artists play within society.
// WE HYBRIDS PROJECT
The We Hybrids project was devised by Magda Fabianczyk and Ioli Tzanetaki as a way of exploring individual and collective agency in a creative, but also very practical and hands on way. Although each workshop is supported by critical theory and extensive background research, this is conveyed through a set of playful performances and discussions. The workshops are inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, narrative mediation and radical concepts of political theory.