Artists as Entrepreneurs?
Alternative Zones: Uncovering the Official and the Unofficial in Fine Art Practice, Research and Education
Strand A: Artists as Entrepreneurs?
Ana Garcia Lopez, Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Granada University
Maia Rosa Mancuso, Professor Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo
In many ways, the creation of art captures the essence of entrepreneurial activity […] It involves intellectual and practical development of the art idea, […] as well as interaction with external observers to make novel ideas accessible to the intended audience. (Mikael Scherdin and Ivo Zander, Art Entrepreneurship, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2011).
Despite there being similarities between creative work and entrepreneurial activities, they have rarely been connected.
- Should art education be more focused on making art as entrepreneurship?
- Are art higher education institutions across Europe answering the needs of emerging artists?
- Should the teaching of entrepreneurship be considered an ethical instructional imperative in times of mass unemployment? Are teachers equipped to undertake this instruction?
- In the globalized world, do young artists have the skills to self promote and be visible in the art arena?
- Are new forms of promotion through social media disrupting traditional hierarchies between the artists and their promoters?
- Are social critical issues profitable? What are the models for entrepreneurship that engage beyond market dynamic?
The Artist as Entrepreneur? strand calls for papers that explore the complex ways Fine Art education in Europe is dealing with this issue particularly how it relates to notions of the official and unofficial. It is interested to explore the strengths and weakness in this area across countries in and outside institutions.
The convenors of this strand welcome case studies, strategies, suggestions, opinions and reflective articles about the proposed topics. We are happy to receive abstracts for contributions as presentations, pecha-kucha, articles, round tables or workshops.
Please email a 300 word abstract in English for academic papers, presentations or workshops with the subject heading ‘Paradox Poznan’ by the 30th April 2015 to: