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Practicalities, careers and employability



books and articles:

Brook, O., O’Brien, D. & Taylor, M. (2018) Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries:

The first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries by Create London and Arts Emergency.

The paper is part of the wider Panic! project initiated in 2015, that takes an unprecedented look at social mobility and inequality within the cultural and creative industries in the UK.

See report here:

Buck, L. & McClean, D. (2012) Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists. London: Thames and Hudson.

Craig-Martin, M. (2015) On Being an Artist. London: Art/Books.

Crawford, T. (2008) Artist-Gallery Partnership: A Practical Guide to Consigning Art. New York: Allworth Press.

Echarte, A., Ellard, G. & Harvey, J. (2015) Studios for Artists: Concepts and Concrete. London: Black Dog Publishing.

Ferguson, B. W., Greenberg, R. & Nairne, S. (1996) Thinking About Exhibitions. London: Routledge.

George, A., (2015) The Curator’s Handbook: Museums, Commercial Galleries, Independent Spaces. London: Thames and Hudson.

Hartshorne, I., Moloney, D. & Quaife, M. (2015) Teaching Painting: How Can Painting Be Taught in Art Schools? London: Black Dog Publishing.

Hoffmann, J., (2015) Theatre of Exhibitions. New York: Sternberg Press.

Obrist, H.-U. (2015) Ways of Curating. London: Penguin.

Smithson, P. (2009) Installing Exhibitions: A Practical Guide. London: A & C Black Publishers.

Stech, M. T. (2015) Artist’s Rights: A Guide to Copyright, Moral Rights and other legal issues in the Visual Arts. London: Institute of Art and Law.

Thornton, S. (2009) Seven Days in the Art World. London: Granta Books.

links and professional resources:


Careers and Employability - UAL:


All-Party Parliamentary Group on The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, Inquiry Report: Creative Health: the Arts for Health and Wellbeing 2017.

  • Long report:

  • Short report:


a-n The Artists Information Company


Arts Council England


Artquest: everything a visual artist needs to know


Artists’ Union England


British Council

Creative Scotland

Disability Arts Online

The Henry Lydiate Partnership: Creative Arts Business Consultancy


Health and Safety Executive




Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists and running participatory arts and development programmes.

Unlimited…is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences

Visual Arts Scotland


[Symposium] Book Club London-based reading and discussion group exploring critical theory.

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