Making a living through and for visual arts in East Africa

Andrew Burton, Lilian Nabulime, Robert Newbery, Paul Richter, Anthony Tibaingana, Andrea Wilkinson

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The creative and cultural economy in East Africa is central to regional future growth. However, visual artists appear to lack the supporting institutions commonplace in the Global North and there is a lack of understanding concerning how they make a living. This chapter addresses this question, exploring data collected as part of an interdisciplinary research project. Through 21 interviews and action research with 60 participants in Kenya and Uganda, we explore how artists construct sustainable livelihoods both through and for art. We then recommend areas for future development

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Creative Economies in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationSpaces and Working Practices
EditorsBrian J. Hracs, Roberta Comunian, Lauren England
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781003191681
ISBN (Print)9780367481940
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2021


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