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Platform Papers 56: Falling Through the Gaps: Our artists' health and welfare
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Mark R. W. Williams
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Platform Papers 56: Falling Through the Gaps: Our artists' health and welfare

Mark R. W. Williams


9780994613097


Theatre Studies;
Dance & Performing arts;
Other performing arts


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Some years ago, writes Mark Williams, an international cabaret performer was told by a sensible Australian aunt: 'All you'll have at the end is a scrapbook and some memories.' What is the risk reward path really like for Australian performance artists Williams says things are worse. Studies show that among professional artists and crews, the level of mental ill health, suicidal ideation and suicide is nearly nine times that of the general population. In a stark reflection on the history of performers' practice, Williams shows how government and industry services, in determining purely monetary rationalism, have unwittingly discriminated against those with individual specialised skills who work irregular hours in hard conditions at low pay because it is their vocation.

calls for more flexibility in public services, whole of life planning and self awareness in early training; and sees opportunities, particularly in social capital housing. Without a home to come home to, he says, our artists today 'are in terrible danger of falling through the gaps'.

By:   Mark R. W. Williams
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 137mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 4mm
Weight:   110g
ISBN:   9780994613097
ISBN 10:   0994613091
Publication Date:   January 2018
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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