Amanda Ravetz, Jack Roberts, Lucy Wright
Complex questions surround artists’ engagement and relationship with galleries. What does gallery representation mean for practising artists? Should those exhibiting in galleries be paid? If so, how much and by whom? Why are some artists prepared to work for nothing? At the same time, contemporary artistic practice is highly diverse: while some artists produce object-based artworks, others engage in so-called socially engaged projects. So what happens if there is no marketable ‘final product’ at the end of an artistic venture? How do those artists who choose to work outside the gallery system gain professional validation for their work and thereby make a living?