This debate is 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. It shares knowledge and provokes action to enable artists to influence the future ecologies and economies in which they operate. The New Economy of Art is a collaboration between Artquest, the Contemporary Art Society and DACS.
Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. She is the London contemporary art columnist for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular reviewer on BBC radio and TV. Her latest book A Place for Art: the Contemporary Art Commissioner’s Handbook will be published by Thames & Hudson later this year.
Kate MacGarry is founder and director of a contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, east London. Established in 2002, the gallery represents international artists including Goshka Macuga, Dr Lakra, Francis Upritchard and Marcus Coates. Before opening the gallery Kate worked on various projects in the visual arts for eight years, most recently as a curator for a private collection, and as a co-ordinator on projects with artists in public spaces.
Matt Roberts is a curator, lecturer and visual arts correspondent. He is also founder of Matt Roberts Arts – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing practical career advice to artists. Matt has exhibited over 500 artists at galleries across the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Israel and also helped to establish the Airspace gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.