A Snapshot Of Scotland’s Artists

There’s the romantic notion of what an artist’s life is like. Then there’s the economic reality. A new study of Scotland’s artists shows that “40% of artists under 35 made work that generated no income. Only 17% of the artists earned more than £10,000 a year from artistic practice alone, and many supplemented their income. The figures also contain a fascinating snapshot of contemporary Scottish artists as economic players. In the past two years, they pumped £4.6m into the economy through their expenditure on art materials, transport, and premises, of which £443,000 was spent on assistants.”