The Creative Exchange – October

Seeking Entrepreneurial Solutions to Support Freelance Artists

Presented by Creative Victoria

When: Thursday, 26 October 2017
Time:  3pm-4.30pm (Doors open from 2.45pm)
Where:  Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne, 3002
Cost: Free, but bookings are essential

How can the creative sector improve support for freelance artists who deliver socially engaged work? What solutions can be developed to enable artists to drive greater social impact through their work?

In the United Kingdom (UK) there are more than 250,000 freelance artists providing services that enable others to participate in art-making. They are relied upon to deliver impact in health, criminal justice, education, and community settings. Similar to the Australian context, these artists are largely self sustaining as businesses, yet, their work lacks both economic and social certainty.

The UK is a major innovator in this field of artistic practice but has not yet found the entrepreneurial solutions to monetise and stabilise it to generate greater social and intellectual capital.

In this presentation, Dr. Susanne Burns (Susanne Burns Associates, UK, and Churchill Fellow 2017) will outline how the UK is working towards solutions and will present the early findings of her Churchill Fellowship research currently being undertaken in the USA.