Dear art practitioners State Of The Arts (SOTA) invites you to take part in its first annual Summer Camp on fair practice, taking place in September 2018. It is a next step in a process SOTA initiated to reflect on the complex relationships between artistic, political and economic spheres. The Summer Camp is aimed at…
State Of The Art proposes to launch an annual Summer Camp for art practitioners of any background and color – a camp where everyone concerned with the concrete conditions of art making comes together and discusses the politics of practice. The Camp shall be a meeting point of people working on all sides of the artistic production, wether in or out of institutions, as artist, technician or in administration, wether engaged in research or in production. The Camp gathers forces of those who want a strong, advanced, differentiated, diverse and challenging artistic culture in their closer or larger surrounding.
The Camp’s goal is to publish an almanac of art’s practices in Belgium and beyond.
The FAIR Almanac 2019 is aimed as a tool that gathers practices, knowledge and perspectives in form of a year calendar, generated during the Summer Camp. It shall discuss and develop five core fields of fairness in the arts: solidarity, ethics, diversity, ecology, and empowerment. The annually renewed Almanach shall be come a key instrument for a continuous discussion about working conditions in the arts.
The artistic community of Belgium is flourishing. It has a long tradition of making and supporting art, and as a hub for artistic research and development in Europe, it has tremendously diverse knowledge, value, and skill to offer. At the same time, however, we at SOTA observe a dramatic shift in the artistic economy and…
Plenary Discussion (+ bio guests) In the afternoon we all get back together and discuss the proposals on the table. What did we learn from the morning session and what can we do? What are the snags when it comes to fair practice? How broad are the spectres in different art practices and fields…
The reports of the working groups of the symposium on Solidarity of 27.02.2016 are available! SymposiumSolidarityFairPracticesArts_27022016_OverallReport — Solidarity. How do we work together? A first work conference in the long term project Towards Fair Practices in the Arts Saturday, February 27, 2016 Morning session @ Kunstenpunt, Ravensteingalerij 38, 1000 Brussel & Atelier Vlaamse Bouwmeester 09h30: doors…
Resulting the SOTA conference Solidarity: how do we work together? The arts make a rich habitat. The exchanges and collaborations between artists, commissionaires, subsidizers, policy makers, curators, production teams, institutions, mediators and the public bring into play an impressive variety of art and cultural experience. Today, however, these work processes are under increasing pressure.
Sven Gatz, time to backtrack
In his latest decisions on subsidies for the arts, Minister Sven Gatz has blatantly ignored 60% of the recommendations his administration and assessment comities made, threatening the continued existence of artists and small organisations. 79 of the 129 applications for support that were positively assessed have remained unsupported. Non-the-less, the government program boasts: “Flanders cherishes its cultural field as a hallmark of quality, and is renown in the world for its arts and artists.” How does Flanders imagine it can continue showing off, when it is emaciating the soil? A reputation doesn’t appear from nowhere, it needs a source. In the arts, artistic practices are this source. What does this government have in mind for them?….
Some of SOTA’s list of worries have been confirmed by recent studies: – De actuele landschapstekeningen van de Kunstensteunpunten, – “De Waarde van Cultuur” van P. Gielen, Elkhuizen, Van den Hoogen, Lijster en Otte door Universiteit van Groningen, – “Anderhalf Jaar Later: De Aannames van Halbe Zijlstra” (2014), van Versteegh, Van Heuven, en Van der…
1. Art as equally valued within the diversity of practices in society
2. Diversity of players within the arts field
3. Diversity of art forms
4. The particularity of the models to finance the arts within the diversity of supports
5. Diversity of organizational models for various art practices