7 artists and 7 researchers in dialogue
#WHOSARTFOR. Art workers against exploitation is a campaign aiming to support the research on working conditions in the art field, from women perspective.
It all started from a collaboration between R-set project. Tools for cultural workers and Rete al Femminile network, aiming to support professional empowerment and social inclusion in the art field.
The output of this debate will be a collaborative publication by 7 artists and 7 researchers on the topic of art and cultural economy and strategic planning. Essays and case studies, along with graphic, photographic and performative artwork, will stimulate a dialogue between the authors and the book topic.
The artists and researchers will be selected through an open call. Selection criteria will be based on physical, social and geographical equal opportunities. Selection committee will take the chance to show how the selection process can be turned in a thinking lab around transparency, quality and guidelines for evaluating cultural projects.
We aim to promote upstanding projects, institutions, grant foundations and companies who show responsibility both towards art workers and their compensation, and towards the audience and the projects outcomes. The artists and the scholars will work on themes such as fair payment for art and cultural work, shared value creation, impact on local territory, company responsibility, economic models and regulations in the independent sector, democratic participation of all social categories to the suggested cultural initiatives. Example of good practices, artistic contributions, contract models and essays will be collected.
With the book release and its public presentation, expected in spring 2019 in Turin, we will extend the outcomes of this debate to more experts, independent organizations, institutions and general public. We will also present some of the virtuous projects from the case studies in the publication, in order to public acknowledge their commitment to implement good practices.
How funds will be used
#WHOSARTFOR wants to be an example of transparent economy and a model for cultural co-projecting, both for the artists involved and for partners and supporters sharing the same values.
Given the small budgets usually allocated to art projects, we decided to allot 75% out of raised funds to pay for the 7 artists and 7 scholars' contribution and to cover graphic design and printing expenses.
Moreover, we hope to involve as many professionals as possible, therefore we are going to publish a bilingual edition (ita-eng), for which professional translators will receive fair payment for their contribution to the publication.
Coming to the second stage, a small amount of funds will cover for the presentation event: a panel discussion involving the competition's winners, the patrons, the commercial partners and all the organizations and projects inspired by what it has been identified as good practices. Panel discussion will be open to all professionals with an interest in the topic, as an opportunity to network and peer-to-peer training, in order to create future collaborations.
The spare budget will be used up to produce gadgets to reward crowdfunders: planner notebooks, shoppers, posters and stickers with original design by a lab-project, coordinated by "R-set" for "Rete al Femminile" members. The campaign's claim - work hard and have funds - will be printed on the entire gadget production, in order to make its content viral.
Who's behind the project?
R-set is a project run by Impasse cultural association since 2014, aimed at discussing publicly about material conditions in art labour through a series of campaigns and initiatives of peer-to-peer education.
Rete al Femminile is an association devoted to the promotion of equity and empowerment for female freelances, professionals and entrepreneurs.