Getting by: Negotiating Future Livelihoods in the Arts

A Symposium organised by Kiasma, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Helsinki and Aalto University. This symposium addresses the future of the artists’ livelihood.
Livelyhoods Symposium. Photo Veikko Kähkönen/ Uniarts

This symposium addresses the future of the artists’ livelihood. Hosted by Kiasma, and co-organised by Uniarts Helsinki, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the event focuses on the rapid changes in contemporary society and new affordances that those changes introduce for the professionals working in the arts field. The precarious work market suggests new roles for arts professionals and their education, but also opens up new opportunities for art researchers to probe into the complexities of the late modern society, culture and working life. These and other questions around artists’ future livelihood, along with questions of societal responsibility, are discussed during the symposium.  

The symposium invites artists, art-related researchers, art educators, art students, and other stakeholders interested in the artist’s livelihood on Tuesday November 13, 2018 to the Kiasma Theatre. Participation is free of charge.


10.00-10.15 am Welcome words (Leevi Haapala, Kiasma)

10.15-10.30 Introduction to the event (Hanna Johansson, University of the Arts Helsinki)

10.30-11.15 First keynote: Negotiating expectations: Making compromises without compromising your work in the context of projects in non-art environments (Pilvi Takala)

11.15-11.30 Commentary (Marietta Radomska, Linköping University and University of Helsinki)

11.30-11.45 Discussion

11.45-12.45 Lunch

12.45-13.30 Second keynote: Impostorism and Livelihood (Bassam El Baroni, Aalto university)

13.30-13.45 Commentary (Maaretta Jaukkuri, NTNU)

13.45-14.00 Discussion

14.00-14.30 Coffee

14.30-16.00 Guided tour of exhibition with Pilvi Takala

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