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Instituted By Artists

  • 13 June 2013, 6:30-8pm
  • Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Building with red angular sign

Part of the New Economy of Art series

This debate explored the motivations and projects artists use to mimic and disrupt traditional structures for their own ends, be they artistic, practical or financial. If organisations are more likely to receive funding and support than individuals, should artists be forming the organisations they need for their practice, and how much does this get in the way (or support) making work?

Many artist projects and collaborations not only question the ability of established organisations to provide the systems they require; they seek to prototype alternatives to take power back from the perceived gatekeepers of the art world.

Speakers Barbara Steveni, Alastair Gentry, LuckyPDF and Elinor Morgan explored the suitability of contemporary institutions to contemporary practice and imagined some of the new systems that could emerge.

Listen to the conversation with Barbara Steveni (at 4"37'), Alistair Gentry (12"40'), James Early and John HIll from LuckyPDF (21"49'), Elinor Morgan (34"06') and Russell Martin (Chair).


Artist Barbara Steveni conceived and co-founded the Artist Placement Group in 1966. The concept ‘Artist Placement’ aimed to expand the reach of art and artists into commercial/industrial concerns, government agencies and organisations of all kinds, at all levels and on a basis equivalent to any other engaged specialist.

Alastair Gentry is an artist and writer whose work includes video, animation, installation, photography, text and performance. Much of this work involves oratory and storytelling and he regularly collaborates with artists, writers, designers, actors, architects and scientists both nationally and internationally.

LuckyPDF James Early and John Hill are one half of LuckyPDF with Ollie Hogan and Yuri Pattison. Working collaboratively with an expanding network of cultural producers and sometimes reality TV celebrities, LuckyPDF aim to re-negotiate the conditions for the production of art and the spaces that art can exist in.

Elinor Morgan is Artists and Programmes Curator at Wysing Arts Centre – a visual arts research and development centre in Cambridgeshire. Before this, she was Chair of OUTPOST Gallery an artist-run space in Norwich and has been involved in Turning Point East since its inception.

This debate was part of The New Economy of Art – a series of open discussions that focus on the economic developments and opportunities in the cultural sector that impact artists, from the perspective of artists.

The New Economy of Art was a collaboration between Artquest, the Contemporary Art Society and DACS.