The Status of the Artist Research Project: Final Reporting and Analysis

While the current era is one of precarious employment in general, economic precarity in the arts seems particularly acute. The Status of the Artist in Peterborough Project is a partnership between the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and Precarious: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival, in collaboration with the Trent Community Research Centre. This project aims to better understand the real working situation of local artists. This information will be made publicly available when the project is complete. EC3 and other groups seeking to advance the arguments for support to local artists need information to strengthen their case. This project, which synthesizes information gathered from surveys completed by local artists, will inform proposed strategies to make a difference.

  • In 2017, EC3 worked with the Trent Centre for Community-based Research (TCCR) and the Precarious Festival to conduct a survey that investigated the status of arts work in Peterborough. A graduate student from Trent University was hired to manage the survey and in 2018, EC3 worked with her to develop the final report. EC3 also provided artwork and other support for a presentation of the report at the TCCR’s Research Fair.
  • In late 2018, EC3 created a working group to review the results of the survey, assess outcomes and priorities for action, directly informing our work with ArtsVote Peterborough and the development of program initiatives in 2019/20.
  • In 2019, we organized a broader round table discussion called Work Work Work x2 to assess the results and developed a plan to disseminate the results more broadly and reviewed the implementation of priority strategies to improve the Status of the Artist.
  • Finally, this work will result in a final report and manifesto that will be published online in late 2020.
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