The margins of art practice bordering on industrial development
Hoskins, P. S. (2011) The margins of art practice bordering on industrial development. In: Howlett, R. J., ed. International Conference on Innovation through Knowledge Transfer, Hampton Court Palace, London, 2nd December, 2009.
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A conference paper challenging the popular view of artists, spread by the media over many years is of aesthetes with no commercial acumen and a distinct lack of time management. Examples of this go as far back as 1962 with Tony Hancock in the film the ‘Rebel’ or more recent commentary on Tracey Emin’s unmade bed. The truth is actually much closer to one of self-motivated individuals with good self-discipline and a wide-ranging approach to problem solving. This preconception in itself is not the fault of industry; even when dealing with design, the 2005 DTI Paper on Creativity, Design and Business performance states “Over half of UK firms say design has no role or only a limited role to play in their business”. Why would they want to deal with artists?
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