Title of Research Output

Labour & Ontario's Visual Arts Sector

Faculty

Information and Media Studies

Supervisor Name

Sarah Smith

Keywords

Independent Artists' Union, visual art, labour, Status of the Artist, CARFAC

Description

The Independent Artists' Union, otherwise known as the IAU, transformed artists' material conditions through their advocacy for a living wage for artists. Active from 1984 to 1989, the IAU began as a small group of media artists meeting in one another's kitchens and backyards, and grew to 700 active members spread across Ontario at its height.

This project charts the IAU’s advocacy work and interaction with other important actors and institutions in the cultural scene, as well as highlights main points in the labour movement, the arts, artists’ organizing and cultural policy— all of which resulted in lasting changes to how we understand artists' labour and Canada’s art scene.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Sarah Smith, the Western USRI program, and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies for their support.

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Labour & Ontario's Visual Arts Sector

The Independent Artists' Union, otherwise known as the IAU, transformed artists' material conditions through their advocacy for a living wage for artists. Active from 1984 to 1989, the IAU began as a small group of media artists meeting in one another's kitchens and backyards, and grew to 700 active members spread across Ontario at its height.

This project charts the IAU’s advocacy work and interaction with other important actors and institutions in the cultural scene, as well as highlights main points in the labour movement, the arts, artists’ organizing and cultural policy— all of which resulted in lasting changes to how we understand artists' labour and Canada’s art scene.