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Groundwerk 3.2: Alternative Artist Economies II – Creative Worth

SAT 30 JUNE 2:30-4pm // FREE & OPEN TO ALL




How do we value our time and creative output? How can we maintain a sustainable art practice or creative career in an art world rife with offers of payment via ‘exposure’?

In this free artists’ workshop led by artist, activist and Artist Union England member, Magda Fabianczyk, we’ll look at ways of ensuring creative labour is financially compensated, navigating and negotiating expectations, value, and payment.

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice.

This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is recommended, as spaces are limited.




Magda Fabianczyk is an artist, activist and a member of Artists’ Union England. She graduated from MA Art and Politics at Goldsmiths University and BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw at CSM, where she works as a visiting tutor. Her work is informed by notions of resistance, training in narrative mediation, social and political theory and Forum Theatre. Long term collaboration with artists in India and Pakistan resulted in projects developed at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2014; Colombo Biennale, 2016; Nubuke Foundation, 2014; VASL, 2012 and Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre, 2015. She participated in numerous residencies and exhibition in the UK and abroad and is currently developing ‘We Hybrids’ projects with Ioli Tzanetaki.



Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists, and artists with a socially engaged practice.

Artists’ Union England was publicly launched in May 2014 by a cross section of artists from across the country, in response to an evident need for representation from a trade union. Unlike other cultural professionals, artists have had no collective voice in the form of a trade union, to represent them at work and to lobby and advocate on their behalf.

As a trade union, AUE aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the value and role artists play within society.


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