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.

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: