Wednesday, May 04, 2011

How to be a grumpy artist...

There really should be a clause built into art-related tendering processes that is akin to 'Employees and their immediate families of xyz and their associated agencies and companies (including sub-contractors) are not eligible to enter. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step-child (whether by natural or by adoption), parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or first cousin.'

I've seen it a few times in Perth that a project's 'coordinator' also ends up being a 'selected artist' after an open call has been circulated. Whilst the coordinator is not necessarily the 'selection committee', it still - to me at least - seems to be a conflict of interest that their hats should even be in the ring.

Whilst they ultimately might be the best qualified artists for the gig and it surely is 'innocent', I still think the role they wish to play should be very clear to avoid any slapped faces.

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