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art and labour

This is an archive of work produced collaboratively and individually during the Yale in London Summer School, which was co-hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre. The theme of this years school was Art & Labour, and this body of work considers what it means to currently live and work as an artist in the UK.

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"I fell over in front of the Tate Modern", 2022

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"This is Bob.
Bob Blackman" 2022

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During the programme I kept ruminating over the same questions; why is art often not seen as labour? where does art end and conventional labour begin? why are so many labourers in our country underpaid or overpaid?

I was fascinated by London as the hub of governmental and administerial labour, and in my research came across Bob Blackman. In an attempt to blend conventional, administerial labour, and art, I made this. 

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a new system for invoicing

This chart is a collaborative effort to investigate and question the true cost of labour. Each participant came up with their own costings - some of us charging for morning coffees, others for over-stimulation and general inconveniences. The spreadsheet was presented to our hosts - staff from Yale School of Art, the Paul Mellon Centre, and the other students as an open-ended question; would you pay your artists this? will you? should you?

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