Instituted by Artists: a debate at Conway Hall, London
The School of Global Art: Down Under; West Space, Melbourne, Australia, by LuckyPDF.
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by Artists focusses on the methods and projects that artists
employ to disrupt—and mimic—traditional institutional
structures. Many artist projects and collaborations not only question
the ability of established organisations to provide the systems they
require; they seek to prototype alternatives to take power back from the
perceived gatekeepers of the art world.
Speakers Barbara Steveni, Alastair Gentry, LuckyPDF, and Elinor Morgan will explore the suitability of contemporary institutions to contemporary practice, and imagine some of the new systems that could emerge.
This debate is part of The New Economy of Art—a series of open discussions that focus on the economic developments and opportunities in the cultural sector that impact on artists, from the perspective of artists. It will share knowledge and provoke action to enable artists to influence the future ecologies and economies in which they operate.
The New Economy of Art is a collaboration between Artquest, the Contemporary Art Society, and DACS. For further information about The New Economy of Art series please visit
Artist Barbara Steveni conceived and co-founded the Artist Placement Group in 1966. The concept ‘Artist Placement’ aimed to expand the reach of art and artists into commercial/industrial concerns, government agencies, and organisations of all kinds, at all levels and on a basis equivalent to any other engaged specialist.
Alistair Gentry is an artist and writer whose work includes video, animation, installation, photography, text, and performance. Much of this work involves oratory and storytelling and he regularly collaborates with artists, writers, designers, actors, architects, and scientists both nationally and internationally.
James Early and John Hill are one half of LuckyPDF with Ollie Hogan and Yuri Pattison. Working collaboratively with an expanding network of cultural producers and sometimes reality TV celebrities, LuckyPDF aim to re-negotiate the conditions for the production of art and the spaces that art can exist in.
Elinor Morgan is Artists and Programmes Curator at Wysing Arts Centre—a visual arts research and development centre in Cambridgeshire. Before this, she was Chair of OUTPOST Gallery, an artist-run space in Norwich and has been involved in Turning Point East since its inception.
About the organisers
Artquest provides critical engagement and practical support to London's visual artists and craftspeople, working with practitioners in London throughout their careers. Visit www.artquest.org.uk for more information.
The Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910, and exists to support and develop public collections of contemporary art in the UK. For more information visit www.contemporaryartsociety.org.
DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Established by artists for artists, DACS translates rights into revenues and recognition for visual artists and their heirs. For more information visit www.dacs.org.uk.