Publications and Research


DACS often commissions research into the financial landscape for visual artists to identify new ways to support their practice. Read about our recent projects below.

Knowledge Exchange Studentship

From 2015 until 2018, DACS is supporting a Knowledge Exchange Studentship in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and The Ruskin School of Art

Laura Molloy, who was selected for the studentship, will investigate the artistic and economic value of the internet in UK visual arts practice, with a focus on digital curation and digital literacy skills.

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The New Economy of Art

In 2014-15, DACS partnered with Artquest on a publication and debate series called The New Economy of Art. 

Presenting a series of different perspectives from artists, economists, critics, academics, art dealers and art curators on the financial and business models adopted in both the public and private sectors of the UK art world, this publication and its specially curated debates explore the impact these systems have on individual artists and their work, through value to patronage to new and emerging business models.

The New Economy of Art includes texts by Louisa Buck, writer and broadcaster; Alan Freeman, economist; John Kieffer, writer and arts policy advisor; as well as specially commissioned interventions from artists Sonia Boyce, Jeremy Deller and Barbara Steveni.

The book is available to purchase at £14.99, plus postage and packaging. To order your copy, please email

Artist salary research

In 2011, DACS commissioned the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University to research the average earnings of fine artists, photographers, illustrators and designers in the UK.

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#DACS1000 competition T&Cs

Read our Terms and Conditions (Instagram):

  1. Unless otherwise stated, the Promoter is the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), 33 Old Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AA, Company no. 01780482.
  2. The title of the prize draw is #DACS1000.
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  4. Any questions regarding the prize draw shall be directed to the Promoter at
  5. The Opening Date is [13/08/2018]. The Closing Date for the prize draw is [27/08/18 at 11.59pm].
  6. Entrants must be at least 13 years of age.
  7. The prize draw is free to enter. To enter the prize draw:
  • 1.Go to the DACS Instagram page (@dacsforartists) and like our competition post
  • 2. Follow us and comment with #DACS1000
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  1. Incomplete or false entries will be disqualified. The Promoter reserves all rights to disqualify participants if their conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the prize draw.
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  3. Only one entry per participant is permitted. Anyone found using multiple accounts will be ineligible.
  4. The winner(s) will be selected by random draw after the Closing Date from all eligible entries received before the Closing Date.
  5. The winner(s) will be notified by email or telephone (using details provided at entry) within 14 calendar days after the Closing Date.  The winner(s) must provide a postal address to claim their prize.  If a winner does not respond to the Promoter within 7 calendar days of being notified by the Promoter, then the winner’s prize may be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  6. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for the content of the prize which is solely the opinion and views of its author.
  7. The prize is The New Economy of Art book, 2014 and DACS tote bag. 5 (five) of each are available to be won.  This prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. The Promoter reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of higher or equal value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control make it necessary to do so.
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Photo © Brian Benson, 2016.