Understanding demand – building effective relationships between employers and artists

ArtWorks commissioned research into the perspective of employers, commissioners and hirers of artists working in participatory settings.

Drawing on a range of ArtWorks commissioned research, the paper acknowledges the different types of organisations taking these roles and explores the key issues of expectations; recruitment; quality factors; and the provision of training and continuing professional development. Grouping employers as ‘creating organisations’, ‘buying organisations’ and ‘artist commissioners’,

'Understanding Demand' considers the challenges of the current economic context while looking at opportunities for developing effective relationships for mutual benefit between employers and artists.

In conclusion, the paper offers ways employers can ‘lead from the front’ in improving how participatory arts as a sector is valued and participant experience enhanced.

This is an extremely useful document for providers of participatory arts to consider their offer from the employers point of view (‘creating organisations’, ‘buying organisations’ and ‘artist commissioners’).

An overview of the findings can be found at ArtWorks Briefing No. 3 and the full paper below.