A link to an article in Sunday’s online guardian: Don’t give up the day job – how artists make a living
Bob and Roberta Smith’s worst ever job is worth a read.
The article reminded me of some of the conversations at our first talk, Show Me the Money and Anthony Spira’s suggestion that artists who are not represented by a commercial gallery and have a day job can potentially have more freedom
Some of the best artists I know have not been represented by a gallery, they don’t have those kinds of constraints, they have day jobs which give them incredible freedom to pursue their interests in the way that they want. They’re not dependent or set on finding a buyer and actually you can experiment with ideas much more. Gareth Jones is not represented by any gallery, he worked as a picture editor at The Guardian for many many years, he does a lot of teaching to be able to live. It gives him incredible freedom to explore his own personal agenda.
I would argue that more freedom would be found on not having to have a day job to pay bills but to be able to make his work full time, maybe a stipend through representation or some kind of other way. Though its seems like it’s freedom because he’s not connected to a gallery, a big chunk of his head space is taken up.