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What are we worth? Artists and the Economic Crisis

  • 18 October 2011, 6:30pm
  • Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Part of the New Economy of Art series

What are we worth? looked at how artists can create income in support of their practice in a period of dramatic economic, social and technological change.

Speakers John Kieffer, Zineb Sedira and Bob and Roberta smith considered how artists can harness their cultural assets and intellectual property – both tangible and intangible – to support their practice financially.

Listen to the audio recording below:


John Kieffer has over 25 years' experience in UK and international cultural policy, arts funding, creative programming, arts management, creative industries development, and the music industry. In 2009 he edited After The Crunch with John Holden, John Newbigin and Shelagh Wright and is working with the same team on a new book called Creativity Money Love: Learning for the 21st Century to be published in November.

Zineb Sedira is an artist whose practice encompasses photography, installation and video. She works between Algiers, London and Paris. Zineb has exhibited widely from the Venice Biennale to the Pompidou Centre and the Folkestone Triennial and solo shows in Copenhagen, Toronto, Algiers, Paris and London.

Bob and Roberta Smith's work often takes the shape of hobbies; music, cooking or DIY which is then combined with a subversive humour. Past shows have involved performances, a large installation made with personalised signs on scrap materials and wall based paintings on wooden panels. His DIY approach appropriates the languages of folk, punk and the alternative protest movements to personalise political sloganeering.

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 on artists, from the perspective of artists.

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