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Posted 07.03.14

Fine Art lecturer Steven Paige joins a-n magazine’s AIR council

Fine Art lecturer and artist Steven Paige is one of three new artist members set to join the AIR Council, an advisory group to a-n that campaigns to improve artists’ representation. 

Paige, a long-standing advocate for new models of artists' representation, wants to see the worth attributed to artists translated into a process that harnesses their skills and knowledge.

He said: “As an artist, I have a vested interest in supporting how we are enabled or recognised for doing good work – either in the production of artworks or the social and economic capital that we bring to an organisation, project or event.

"An artist, like any other professional practitioner, should be able to expect to be fairly recompensed for their endeavours, however that is manifested.”

Other new members to the council include London-based artists Binita Walia and Gayle Chong Kwan, who exhibited work in Plymouth's Saltram House, as part of the group show Sinopticon in 2012. 

“AIR looks to the needs of artists, best practice and advocates on artists’ behalf...” says Walia.

"I am looking forward to contributing to the research and activating the campaigns.”

Chong Kwan wants to see more artists involved in campaigning.

She said: “I am keen to explore ways to involve members in decision-making processes, reflecting the complexity and diversity of contemporary visual arts practice. I want to support strategic campaigns, such as the timely Paying Artists Campaign, which aims to create long-term change in the economic and social status of artists.”

For more information on a-n, AIR Council and the Paying Artists Campaign visit: a-n.co.uk

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