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Call :: Fair Art Almanac / Summer Camp

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 writing the

FAIR ART ALMANAC

A practical guide for working,
instituting and policy making in the arts

This Almanac will be an annual collection of practical as well as visionary statements, tools and announcements that can help to develop and claim fair and sustainable practices within the cultural field. Continue reading Call :: Fair Art Almanac / Summer Camp

Structure of the working tables

The work conference ‘How do we work together’ has NINE WORKING TABLES, each exploring SIX CURRENTS, according to some PROCEDURES .

The tables are:

1: SOLIDARITY BETWEEN ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS/INSTITUTIONS

2: SOLIDARITY AMONG ARTISTS

3: SOLIDARITY AMONG INSTITUTIONS

4: SOLIDARITY WITHIN A STRUCTURE/ORGANIZATION/COMPANY

5: SOLIDARITY WITHIN A PROJECT

6: SOLIDARITY BETWEEN CITIES OR COUNTRIES

7: SOLIDARITY BETWEEN FUNDING BODIES AND FUNDING SEEKERS

8: SOLIDARITY BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PARTNERS

9: SOLIDARITY BETWEEN THE ARTISTIC SECTOR AND OTHER SECTORS

 

Each table explores the notion of Fair Practice through the the lenses of the following

SIX CURRENCIES or POWERS:

A: FINANCIAL

B: IMMATERIAL/INTELLECTUAL/CREATIVE

C: MATERIAL/PHYSICAL

D: VISIBILITY

E: COMMUNICATION

F: DECISION-MAKING

 

PROCEDURE FOR EACH of the NINE TABLES:

> start the discussion with one or more CASE STUDY that concerns the table’s relational sphere (concrete examples of what could be considered fair practice are especially desired)

> address the table’s relational sphere in terms of the 6 CURRENCIES/POWERS as talking points

> has a MODERATOR whose role makes sure all 6 Currency/Power talking points are addressed within discussion time, and seeks common points, summaries, and concise articulation of the problems, knowledge, and concerns shared at their tables

> has a NOTE-TAKER whose role is to document the discussion process and conclusions

> produces a concrete statement or PROPOSAL of what would constitute fair practice within their table’s relational sphere.

> shares/reports that proposal with the rest of the tables/participants at the end of the work session

OPEN CALL

Open call to the artists, organizations, curators, thinkers, mediators, funders, institutions, and others working in/for the different art sectors

We would like you to bring your knowledge, experience and concerns to one of the working tables in the first work conference in the “Towards a Fair Practice in the Arts” trajectory.

Please answer by latest Monday 15 February and tell us:

– If you want to join a table and which one.

– If you have a case study that fits that table and/or example of fair practice for that table and what it is

– If you want to be a moderator at that table

– If you want to be a note-taker at that table

– If you just want to be at that table as a participant in the discussion

– If you just want to come and don’t know yet which table you’ll join.

We’d like to have as many participants confirmed and committed in advance to working tables in order to organise fruitful discussions combining diverse interests and expertise. Therefore, please answer as soon as possible.

Feel free to propose more specific/precise talking points if you wish.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Hope to hear from you soon!

BASIC ORGANISATION AND COORDINATION
katrien reist | jubilee <katrien.reist@jubilee-art.org>
Tom Viaene <tmviaene@yahoo.com>
Kunstenpunt >
Delphine Hesters <delphine@kunsten.be>
Dirk De Wit <dirk@kunsten.be>
SOTA > 
Kobe Matthys <kobe@agentive.org>
Robrecht Vanderbeeken <robrecht@vanderbeeken.be>
Eleonor Bauer <baubau27@yahoo.com>
NICC >
Josine De Roover <josine.de.roover@nicc.be>
 oKo >
unions > 
Laurette Muylaert <Laurette.MUYLAERT@cgspacod.be>
Kustenloket > 
Jan Timmermans <Jan@kunstenloket.be>

Concerns of solidarity

Work conference #01 – 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. On the one hand there’s the decline of public funding, while on the other hand the pressure to perform is increasing and the flexibilization of work relations force many art workers into increasingly precarious employment conditions. This results in a rapid rise of inequality and causes a threat to the diversity in the arts. Many studies at home and abroad indicate the urgency of solutions.

Under these circumstances, how can fair relations between all the involved parties within and outside the arts be guaranteed? As we are no doubt part of the problem ourselves, we play a substantial part in finding solutions.

We kindly invite you to this first work conference. In eight work tables – all representing some of the best practices concerning solidarity in the arts sector – we will explore the possibilities for more solidarity when it comes to time, space and resources. Various art disciplines will be dealt with. And exchanges on different levels get attention: between artists and organizations, between artists, between organizations – all in relation to the government, the profit and non-profit sectors.

With the inspiring input from the Netherlands and the UK, we explore how common actions can lead to effective changes.

The following questions will set the tables:
How do we take care of the flex workers in our sector? How do we guarantee the remuneration and the accrual of social rights for all artists and art workers? How do organizations (small and large) face up to the growing demand for co-responsibility and solidarity with the more vulnerable players? How do we guarantee a fair distribution of resources and the access to (cultural) infrastructure?  How can we on the long term assure a fair distribution of revenues in the sector? What kind of agreements would underlie this? How would they be implemented and fulfilled? And last but not least: what is fair when the available means are not sufficient?