Conrad Atkinson

Conrad Atkinson

Most artists agree that it is important to show their work in a public gallery or museum, where it can sometimes be assumed that the chance of an exhibition is payment enough. However you wouldn’t make the same argument in any other field of work whether it’s the...
Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller

Our vibrant visual arts culture is built on diversity and social mobility – on the premise that young people from all walks of life can gain access to art school and go on to become the artists of the future. It is wrong therefore that some publicly-funded...
Margaret Harrison

Margaret Harrison

Art should not be the exclusive venture of the privileged elite. That is why I support the Paying Artists Campaign. The increasing reliance on the art market means the squeezed middle and bottom of the pile, the mostly – but not exclusively – young...
Richard Layzell

Richard Layzell

When I graduated I remember being told, “you’ll need to find a part-time job and think about moving to Hackney, it’s cheap there.” So I did just that, found a part-time job as a gardener (then as a schoolteacher) and moved to Hackney. A couple of years later I was...
Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean

There is a conflict between two ways of understanding the role of an artist: The romantic fantasy of the artist as someone who spends their days being creative, doing what they want to do versus a more practical understanding of the profession as work. Unfortunately,...