Magazine article Art Monthly

NPO No-No

Magazine article Art Monthly

NPO No-No

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FACT in Liverpool has become the latest publicly funded arts organisation to receive an open letter from the campaigning group Precarious Workers Brigade. The PWB claims that FACT has been advertising for 70 unpaid interns to fill positions that had previously provided paid, entry-level jobs in the arts, although the institution claims that it has lost only the equivalent of 1.5 full-time posts. Much as the Serpentine Gallery came under fire from PWB for similar actions when, at the very same time, its directors received huge bonuses (Artnotes AM373), so FACT is also guilty of poor timing, choosing to advertise for the interns at around the time it presented 'Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life', the exhibition that explored recent structural changes in the labour market (Reviews AM374). PWB writes, 'while we salute your efforts to raise important questions about changing working conditions through artistic means we also believe that those same questions also need to be raised about actual working conditions within cultural spaces themselves. …

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