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Att leva som konstnär: En studie om värmländska bild- och formkonstnärers arbetsvillkor
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To live as an artist : A study on the working conditions of visual artists in Värmland (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this bachelor thesis was to illuminate and analyze the working conditions of visual artists in the Swedish region of Värmland. As a profession which is known to have many problems concerning income and the fact that most artist are unable to get by on their art sales alone it becomes interesting to look closer on cultural policy’s affecting the artists, where the problems lie and what possible help they can get.

I have used previous research and different sources to map out the working conditions in Sweden and Värmland alike and also interviewed five different visual artists in Värmland to get a general view of the working conditions in the country as a whole and their perception of the situation and special circumstances in Värmland. I have also used discourse analysis to compare the source material with the answers of my respondents to see which discourses that exists, that have hegemony, and to see how this subject is talked about.

The results of this study showed how political decisions may force artists to become self-employed entrepreneurs even though many artists do not self-identify as such or even have any interest in profitable gain. The study also shows among other things that most artists have another occupation on the side but that there are some aids to help the artists with income. The situation in Värmland appears to both good and bad for artists, it seems easier for them to get exposure, but the artists complain about the regions lack of interest and contributions to the visual arts.     

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Artists, Art policy, business, Identity, Income, Sales, Scholarships, Värmland, Work, Working conditions
Keyword [sv]
Konstnärer, Arbete, Företagande, Identitet, Inkomst, Försäljning, Stipendier, Värmland, Arbetsvilkorl
National Category
Humanities Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36509OAI: diva2:823154
Subject / course
Cultural studies
Educational program
Cultural studies, 180 hp
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved

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