WHAT WE DO

AWI’s goals can be summarised thanks to the “four R’s” in its Manifesto: RECOGNITION of the specificities of professions gravitating around contemporary art; REGULATION of working relationships; REDISTRIBUTION of resources; REFORM of the whole contemporary art sector. These long-term objectives will be met through three different scopes of intervention:

POLITICAL PRESSURE

AWI puts pressure on policy makers through institutional policy and various lobbying strategies, in coordination with other organisations dealing with precarious work and cultural work in Italy and abroad.          

TEMPLATES AND TOOLS

AWI identifies and proposes tax and contractual instruments useful for the regulation of employment relationships, starting from the comparative study of good practices related to governance in the cultural sector already experienced in other countries, and in collaboration with experts in the legal, tax, and administrative sector. Specifically, it proposes models and reference documents to protect art workers with regards to decent compensation standards, correct contracting, tax relief, and ethical institutional choices. AWI also carries out sector surveys to collect data and information on the real living and working conditions of art workers and to outline development projects able to respond to the urgencies of the sector operators.

EDUCATION, AWARENESS-RAISING, CONSULTANCY

AWI acts in a widespread way to raise awareness in the figures involved in the sector towards the need to achieve fair and decent working conditions for everybody, in dialogue with museums, cultural and research bodies, universities, foundations, and cooperatives. AWI implements educational and training activities (talks, webinars, public programmes) aimed at all professionals of contemporary art, to raise awareness in relation to the already existing forms of protection; organises meetings with students of universities and academies; AWI offers consultancy services to cultural bodies and institutions that wish to operate in a more ethical and sustainable direction in the definition of planning and compensation.