"MASHING UP": Art+Labour a public conversation Tuesday 9 November 2010, 12.30-6pm CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Event is free but ticketed, tickets available from: CCA Box Office: tel : +44 (0)141 352 4900 / http://www.cca-glasgow.com For further information about this event go to: http://www.variant.org.uk/events.html "MASHING UP": Art+Labour is complemented by the LOANS & INTERNSHIPS WORKSHOP on Tuesday 9 November 2010, 10.30am - noon (same location and bookings details as above) Art+Labour is a public conversation exploring the conditions and experiences of creative labour in the cultural industries - working conditions, pay, working hours; freedom and autonomy, pleasure and obligation; insecurity and uncertainty; social reproduction, networking and isolation - and artists' organising within it - unions, artists' associations, or self-organised studio/exhibition spaces. What diverse forms of employment do artists undertake? Who are their employees? How secure and how flexible are these forms of employment? What are the conditions of employment and how are these changing? What can we say of artists' autonomy in relation to contemporary labour practices? How do cultural workers effectively organise around labour issues? What would it mean for artists to withdraw their labour in defence of conditions in one's primary or secondary employment? With successive governments' emphasis on arts' social function, how does communality express itself in competitive Creative Industries? What is industrial about the Creative Industries; where do 'Cultural' producers sit within the policy frame of the 'Creative' Industries? How do we as cultural producers recognise our own positions and dependency on/within/alongside the public sector? With the entrepreneurial restructuring of the arts in Scotland and in the face of selective public sector cuts throughout the UK, how constructive are artists' isolated appeals for a state of exception? What is so unique about artists in the social factory?These are some of the questions to be addressed during this public conversation. The discussion is open to anyone - cultural workers, artists, students, interns, precarious and self-organised labour affiliated to academia - concerned with issues of art, labour and economics. The event will begin with a series of short position statements from invited speakers followed by discussion among panelists and audience. Panelists include: Angela McRobbie Professor of Communications, Dept. of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths Scottish Artists Union The representative voice for artists in Scotland Graham Jeffery Reader: Music and Performance, The School of Creative and Cultural Industries, UWS Katarzyna Kosmala Reader, Centre for Contemporary European Studies, UWS Gesa Helms Researcher & artist Brett Bloom Member of Chicago-based art collective Temporary Services who recently produced 'Art Work : A national conversation about art, labour, and economics' Owen Logan Researcher, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen Facilitated by Gordon Asher Effective Learning Tutor, UWS Centre for Academic & Professional Development "MASHING UP": Art+Labour is organised by Leigh French, co-editor of Variant, and Sophie Hope, member of Making A Living, in co-operation with Graham Jeffery of The School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland, and supported by CCA, Glasgow. "MASHING-UP" is a Public Lecture Series presented by UWS and CCA. This ongoing lecture series stimulates critical, transdisciplinary research communities to discuss advanced knowledge and to build networks of excellence among producer communities.