Situation of older artists

Volume 7 No 9 / February 26, 200926 February 2009

In this issue: A number of reports and resources on the situation of older artists. The reports examine issues such as earnings, pensions, financial planning, health care, housing and many others. The reports seek to provide some answers to the questions: Do artists retire? What does retirement look like for artists? If artists are often poor during their active working lives, how do they survive during their later years?


Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

Arts Research Monitor

This site is an invaluable resource regarding cultural policies and programs in European countries, as well as a few other countries around the world (including Canada). With contributions from local researchers, the site contains detailed and catego… View this resource

Preliminary Research into International Support for Senior Artists

Arts Research Monitor

The Senior Artist Research Project hopes to find viable solutions to the social and economic difficulties faced by senior artists in Canada. Five key categories of services have been identified by the Senior Artist Research Project: housing, health,… View this resource

Policies and Programs of Support for Senior Artists

Arts Research Monitor

This report provides a brief summary of supports for older artists in 18 countries. The report is based on primarily web research into the programs in these countries. As noted in the report, a major problem “is that we do not have the opportunity to… View this resource

Essential Services for Aging Artists

Arts Research Monitor

This project, undertaken by 10 students at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to provide a better understanding of the issues and needs of older visual artists. The students conducted an online survey (with about 1,000 respondents, largely from New Yor… View this resource

Above Ground: Information on Artists III

Arts Research Monitor

This study examines the situation and needs of aging visual artists in New York City, based on interviews with 213 artists between 62 and 97 years of age. The report contends that “artists, who have learned how to adapt their whole lives, have a grea… View this resource

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