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Metal Billboard Debate – ‘What’s an artist worth?

Opening: 16/09/14 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Free

Join Susan Jones, Director of a-n The Artists Information Company and Pauline Tambling, Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, for a lively discussion and Q&A which explores both the value of the arts to the UK economy, through to individual rates of pay for artists and freelancers and how to negotiate your worth.

Both Susan and Pauline have been at the forefront of the current debate, campaigning to employers and government for appropriate rates of pay for the cultural sector, paid internships and apprenticeships.


This talk is a Metal Billboard event supported by the Chamber of Culture and funded by the Connection-Culture programme


Susan Jones is Director of a-n The Artists Information Company until September 2014. She is an expert contributor on artists’ livelihoods and artist-led approaches to practice and professional development matters. Her annual studies of the changing face of artists’ employment are published on www.a-n.co.uk. Lectures and provocations include Where is the place for art? (Engage conference 2011 also published by The Guardian), Nobody wants you but everyone needs you’ (Open College of the Arts Fine Art MA), Are there too many artists? (MarketProjects), Who needs them? (Café Culture Newcastle), What are artists for? (City University MA in Cultural Policy and Management) and What are artists really worth? (National Photography Symposium 2013, published by The Guardian). She has contributed to the Art Party Conference, the Cultural Values initiative and presented evidence through international peer networks including CreativeClusters, Paradox, Interartes, CreativePeople and N-Ten.



Pauline Tambling CBE is CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, the UK sector skills council for craft, design, cultural heritage, music, performing arts, literature and the visual arts, based at The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex. Until April 2009 when she set up the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills, Pauline was Chief Operating Officer of Creative & Cultural Skills. She previously worked at Arts Council England (1998 – 2007) in five senior roles with a wide range of responsibilities and led several major initiatives involving education and training, including setting up Creative Partnerships, the £130 million scheme to engage young people in schools with creative practitioners and organisations. Pauline set up and ran the Royal Opera’s education programme from 1983 to 1997, having started her career as a teacher. Pauline was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education and training in the cultural sector.



The Connection-Culture programme is a new 3-year programme of audience development, capacity building and new commissions, which aims to increase engagement, both as participants and audiences, in the arts in Peterborough. Vivacity, Peterborough’s Cultural Trust is the lead partner for the Connection-Culture consortium which includes Step Up, Metal, Creative Peterborough and Voluntary Arts. The Chamber of Culture, hosted by Metal, offers training and professional development opportunities for artists, organisations and creative communities living or working in Peterborough.


This event is FREE but booking is essential, to book your place please email Ruth@metalculture.com or give us a call on 01733 893 077.


Handouts and presentations 

Susan Jones handout – Valuing and paying artists

Susan Jones presentation – Paying Artists

Pauline Tambling presentation – What’s an artist worth? 



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St Peter's Road

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