The careers of fine artists and the embedded creative

Carey, Charlotte (2015) The careers of fine artists and the embedded creative. Journal of Education and Work, 28 (4). pp. 407-421. ISSN 1363-9080

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While there is a growing body of scholarship on the creative industries
and on the career trajectories of graduates from creative industries programmes,
there has to date only been a limited amount of research that
examines in detail, the careers of fine arts graduates. Fine art is arguably
the least ‘vocational’ of creative disciplines, in that there are relatively
few employers that seek to employ fine artists as fine artists. If fine arts
graduates are not employed in their chosen field – that is, in the
‘Creative Trident’ terminology, in a core creative occupation – how do
their careers parallel or differ from those of other creative graduates?
Do they find employment as ‘embedded creatives’, using or applying
their experience and practice in sectors beyond the core creative industries,
or as ‘support workers’, enabling and facilitating the creative work
of others? Do they experience portfolio careers? And how do their artistic
training and attitudes to creativity affect their working relationships
and experiences? This article draws on rich qualitative data about the
experiences of a small group of graduates (including the author) who all
graduated from the same course at the same institution in the UK in
1994, to provide some insights into the career paths and trajectories of a
sample of fine arts graduates.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
20 February 2015Published
9 December 2014Accepted
17 September 2014Submitted
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-02 - business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Charlotte Carey
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 15:34
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 11:49

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