Supporting Artists

26Nov12

When reading Art Works and currently looking for a job, I was intrigued about the labor markets and financial support of the  younger generation of creative workers.  Young, emerging or ready? For early career artists, it’s all in the labeling,  an article on The Guardian’s website, describes the changing labor market and challenges that younger artists are facing.

Organizations that give grants and funds to younger artists, who focus on ages 16-24 are seeing a trend that there is a big increase in the need for funding of artists ages 25-30.  These organizations are being criticized for putting age limits  and the association that the artists have to be young to be creating emerging art.  But replacing ‘young’ with ’emerging’ is also getting some heat.  The focus should be on where artists are in their careers, and funders should support artists who are creating innovative work that might need financial support, regardless of age or career stage. The major criteria should be on the quality of the artists work.

 

Turney, Elanor.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/nov/26/young-emerging-artists-label-problem

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