AWI‘s goals can be outlined by the “four R’s” of its Manifesto: the RECOGNITION of the particularities of work in the contemporary art world; the REGULATION of employment relations; the REFORM and RETHINKING of the whole sector. These long-term goals will be met through three different areas of intervention:


AWI appeals to policymakers through various lobbying strategies and institutional policy, in collaboration with other organisations concerned with precarious work and cultural work in Italy and abroad


In collaboration with experts in the legal, fiscal, and administrative sectors, AWI identifies and puts forward fiscal and contractual tools for the regulation of employment relations, starting from a comparative study of good practices of governance in the cultural sector experimented in other countries. Specifically, it proposes models and reference documents on decent compensation standards, correct contracting, tax relief, and ethical institutional choices to protect art workers. AWI also carries out sector surveys to collect data on the real living and working conditions of art workers and to outline development projects that respond to the needs of workers in the artistic sector.


AWI acts across branches to raise awareness within the sector about the need to achieve fair and decent working conditions for everybody, in dialogue with museums, cultural and research bodies, universities, foundations, and cooperatives. AWI coordinates training activities and in-depth reflections (talks, webinars, public programmes) to inform professionals in the contemporary art sector about pre-existing technical and political forms of protection. We also organise meetings with university students and art colleges and provide consulting services for cultural organisations and institutions on ethical and sustainable ways to coordinate and compensate staff.