Expert consultation on working conditions of artists

January 23, 2020, 2:57 pm
February 28, 2020
Bozar, Brussels | Belgium
Bozar, Brussels | Belgium

The status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals is one of the five priority themes of the EU Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022. On this basis, the European Commission  Directorate-General for Education and Culture has requested a study to be carried out on this subject by Panteia, a Dutch research company specialized in carrying out applied policy research for a number of national and international clients (see  that also coordinates the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual (EENCA – see This study will serve as input for the OMC working group on the status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals that will meet later this year.

The study will provide a mapping of relevant practices and challenges relating to artists and creative professionals, covering subjects such as artist’s status and entitlements, social security coverage, financial support, taxation, precariousness of employment, nature of income, education/skills development, cross-border mobility and artistic freedom/restrictions to creation.

As a key part of this study, it is essential to consult with a number of experts, stakeholders and representative sectoral groups working in these relevant areas in order to provide an understanding of the present situation and the key challenges affecting artists and creative professionals in Europe.

Therefore, Panteia and Culture Action Europe ( have collaborated to hold a workshop to discuss these various issues, and we are inviting you to take part in this session. The event will take place at Bozar in Brussels on the 28th of February. More details will follow shortly regarding the content and structure of the meeting, but we are sending this notification in advance to ensure that you are able to attend.

This will also serve as the first meeting of Culture Action Europe’s Working Group on Welfare and Work Conditions in the Cultural Field.


12.00 – Welcome Lunch

13.00 – Welcome & Tour de table

13.20 – Introduction of the report by Panteia

13.30 – Topic 1: Regulatory and legal framework related to working conditions (contracts, social security and taxation)

14.45 – Coffee break

15.00 – Topic 2: Types of employment, nature of income and access to finance for artists and cultural and creative professionals

16.15 – Topic 3: Artistic freedom/restrictions

16.45 – Topic 4: Career development of artists and creative professionals

17.15 – Overall discussion and closing remarks

17.45 – End of the meeting

Participation by invitation only, please contact Natalie Giorgadze natalie [at] for more information.

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