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The Livelihoods of Visual Arts in England

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Arts Council England wishes to procure a service provider to carry out research that will enable a comprehensive understanding of how artists in England live and work, depending on the nature of their practice, where they are located and the social, economic and cultural influencing factors. There is a lack of any comprehensive data and analysis on how professional practising visual artists in England are operating financially, how they derive economic benefits from their practice and other related and non-related activity, to be able to work and live. A comprehensive study in relation to visual artists in England which can clearly inform and be practically applied in a ‘real world’ context, is needed, based on a foundation of robust data collection and analysis.

Deadline for proposals: 6 November

Budget available: £48,000

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If you are interested in bidding, please contact


Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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