Situation of artists

Volume 17 No 8 / January 23, 201923 January 2019

In this issue: Highlights from four recent reports examining the working lives and financial situations of artists, including the situations of Calgary artists and arts professionals, Canadian writers and performing artists, and Australian artists of all types.


2017 Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Research Monitor

The Calgary Arts Professionals Survey aimed “to learn how art is made in Calgary, what the lifestyle patterns and living conditions are for those working in the arts, and how Calgary is perceived as a supporter of arts activity”, based on a survey of… View this resource

Diminishing Returns: Creative Culture at Risk

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a survey of 1,499 writers in the spring of 2018 (with income statistics from 2017) and previous iterations of a similar survey, this report examines writers’ incomes from writing. (The report generally excludes other sources of income for wr… View this resource

The Equity Census: Staging the Future

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a survey of 3,156 members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) in 2015, this report includes extensive demographic information as well as members’ views and experiences of barriers to employment. Given that CAEA has about 6,000 memb… View this resource

Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a random telephone survey of 826 artists drawn from a list of nearly 36,000 artists collected from 65 professional associations and arts organizations, this report highlights the situation of “serious, practising professional artists” in Aus… View this resource

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