What is Writing Worth?

27 Sep

Well said

Scottish Writers' Centre

What is the status of writers and artists in our society? Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s advertised for an artist to ‘voluntarily’ decorate part of one of their shops. The language of the advert made the place of the creative worker plain. The planned refurbishment was for the ‘comfort of our employees.’ The implication was almost an explication: artists are not employees, and, conveniently, therefore, they don’t need to be paid. The large company, rather than the small artist, is now in charge in Britain, the advert seemed to be saying, and the only useful purpose of any aesthetic production is to relax those involved in the far more serious business of selling things. As if this wasn’t a brutal enough message to any ‘ambitious artist’, as the advert is addressed to (not ambitious enough to have a proper job, of course, like running a supermarket), the closing lines of the…

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