Public Forum The Art World Economy: Free Labour, Use Value and Mass Poverty

Friday, 5 April 2013



The contemporary art world relies extensively upon free and underpaid labour. ‘Entrepreneurship’ has become the watchword as recent graduates move from voluntary position to internship while the vast majority of artists and entry-level arts professionals, including curators and educators, receive shockingly low recompense for their work – when, that is, they are not forced to ‘freelance’ and be ‘creative’ as public funding for the creation of jobs dwindles. This public debate addresses the ideological context and material impact of these tendencies, paying particular attention to the situation in Scotland.