The artistic precariat

Bain, A. and McLean, H. (2013) The artistic precariat. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(1), pp. 93-111. (doi: 10.1093/cjres/rss020)

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This article examines how some artists have collectively negotiated precarity in Toronto’s cultural sector during the last 2 decades through two arts experiments: the Waterfront Trail Artists’ Association and Don Blanche. The social scientific scholarly literature on arts funding, precarious employment and community economies provides an entry point for our critique of the creative class theory for its neglect of grassroots struggles to produce and fund spaces of collective artistic experimentation. We argue, that local, non-capitalist and collectivist spaces, where artists can share resources, collaborate and build an alternative community cultural economy, are essential for sustaining the cultural sector because they assist individual creatives to performatively resist neo-liberal tendencies naturalized in the creative city script.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLean, Dr Heather
Authors: Bain, A., and McLean, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1752-1386
Published Online:29 October 2012

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