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Does it pay? Global lessons for helping artists to thrive

When: Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3pm-4.30pm (Doors open from 2.45pm) 

Where: Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne, 3002

Cost: Free, but bookings are essential

Artists bring cultural, social and economic benefits to our communities but research shows that many artists in Australia earn less than the minimum wage from their practice each year.

This year Dr Susanne Burns is undertaking a Churchill Fellowship to explore international examples of how creative organisations and artists are breaking the mould to strengthen their livelihoods and create sustainable, profitable businesses.

From the entrepreneurial approaches, to new business models, this presentation will focus on Dr Burns’ experience in the USA and the UK and will explore ways that artists and creative organisations - particularly those working in the social impact space or in community settings - are collaborating, monetising their work or expanding their practice to not only generate more money, but more creative outcomes for the community. In the session, Dr Burns will share her learnings to date as she continues her research in Australia.   

Whether you're an independent artist, part of a creative organisation or a funder, come along and be inspired by ways the international arts community is working to challenge perceptions that artists do it for the love of it.   

About Dr Susanne Burns
Susanne is a UK-based Development Consultant who works with a wide range of clients across the cultural sector. She was Project Director for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s special initiative ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings – a professional development initiative for artists working in community cultural development and has evaluated many programs including In Harmony Liverpool – a program that saw the Royal Philharmonic Liverpool delivering music programs for and with young people aged 0-18. She has extensive experience of working in Higher Education and is currently travelling around the USA and Australia on a Churchill Fellowship aimed at exploring entrepreneurial solutions to support artists working in participatory/ social settings.  

For more information about Dr Susanne Burns and her work please click here.

For more information about The Creative Exchange, please visit the Creative Victoria website.

For enquiries about The Creative Exchange or this event, please contact:

Laura Perini
Marketing Officer, Strategic Marketing
Creative Victoria 
T: (03) 8683 3213
E: laura.perini@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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