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Dr Susan Jones

Wednesday, February 23

CAMP has commissioned a new piece of research from Dr Susan Jones, looking at the impact of the pandemic on artists and their livelihoods.

Join us for this online talk where Dr Jones will present the study’s key findings.

Statistically, visual artists fared the worst amongst arts freelancers in the pandemic. Work prospects and art opportunities fell off a cliff and three-quarters were ineligible for government and Arts Council England emergency funding.

But new in-depth research by Susan Jones, direct with artists, including CAMP members in Cornwall and Devon, paints a rather different picture.

It demonstrates that, once freed from the constraining infrastructures characteristic of the contemporary visual arts, many artists were able to derive artistic, economic and emotional benefits by widening the scope and direction of art practices and forging new routes to livelihoods to sustain them over the longer-term.

An open discussion will follow the presentation, to bring more artists’ voices and experiences to emerging ideas for strategies and activism towards more healthy and inclusive enabling and support structures for the contemporary visual arts in future.

BIOGRAPHY Susan Jones is researcher and commentator on contemporary visual arts and artists’ matters. Her writing has been published in Arts Professional, a-n The Artists Information Company, Engage Journal, The Guardian and TransArtists. Conference presentations include WTF symposium Creative Factory Middlesbrough (2018), ELIA NXT Project Amsterdam (2018), Threshold Collider Conversation, Leicester (2017) and Artists and Labour Seoul (2014).

She is a mentor and adviser to individual artists and to artists’ groups including Castlefield Gallery Associates, East Street Arts, Mark Devereux Arts, New Bridge Project, S1 Artspace and Somerset Art Works. She was a Board member of Redeye: The Photography Network until 2018 and Director of a-n The Artists Information Company 1999 – 2014. New rationales for the interrelationship between arts policy and artists’ practices and livelihoods were a topic of investigation through Doctoral research 2015-2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University.


ACCESS INFORMATION This talk session will take place on Zoom, using images & audio. The speaker will ask you to participate either by voice or text chat. You do not have to participate if you do not wish to, you can just sit and listen/watch. After the main presentation there will be break out rooms to facilitate conversation around points raised.

You are very welcome to bring a support worker with you to the session (just let us know by email after you book so we can share the Zoom link with them too).

There is live-captioning (words pop up as they are spoken).

CAMP members, free // Non members £3.

Book your ticket HERE.

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