Art is Not a Commodity: Examining Economic Exceptionalism in Art examines the idea that art is not a standard commodity. The event will contextualise this idea through theories and practices of economic exceptionalism discussed in Dave Beech’s book ‘Art and Value’ (Brill 2015).
In this symposium, we set out to test the proposition that coherent distinctions can be drawn between the economically exceptional and the economically standard. Using these distinctions, we aim to unpack urgent issues around the economic context of art, including unpaid internships, payment of artists, public funding of arts, ‘value engineering’ practices in arts institutions, the economics of art education, and the facts of the art market.
The day will be split into four themed sessions: Art and Values; Managing Change; Paying for Art and Art and Work.
Confirmed participants include: Dave Beech, Jason Bowman, Marsha Bradfield, Gail Day, Mel Evans, Ben Fitton, Andrea Phillips, Rosalie Schweiker, Marina Vishmidt, Josephine Wikstrom and Mick Wilson.
Convened by Professor Malcolm Quinn, Professor Dave Beech and Lisa le Feuvre. This event is co-organised with Valand Academy and presented by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme. Held in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts London.
Booking via www.ica.org.uk