The Cost of Art

© Bruno Castro.

Art is work. However, this fact is rarely understood as much as it should be. The work that is involved in the performing arts has undergone various transformation that are clearly visible in times of crisis, such as the one that we are currently living through now because of COVID-19. The artistic “vocation” is faced with many barriers and obstacles: the urgency of economic survival, the imperatives of programming, the presuppositions of the competition for funding, the social urgencies (although these can open up a space for reflection, they are also a constraint through their imposition of political agendas and through their definition of what is supposed to happen). We are witnessing the gradual paring down of our artistic structures and of our working conditions, which are marked by precariousness and intermittence. If artistic work is heavily dependent on public policies, then the logic of its enhancement and increased value does not escape its commercialisation.

In this programme, we bring together artists, researchers, programmers and curators, linked to the performing arts, to discuss the relationship between the value of artistic work and the conditions for its realisation.

14–15 OCT 2020

Pequeno Auditório e ISCTE
Conferences with free entry*

*Prior booking available. Free entry (subject to availability), tickets available on the day from 18:00 at the ticket-office.


Live streaming das conferências em




Culturgest, Cies, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa


Liliana Coutinho, Vera Borges (Cies, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa ) e Luísa Veloso (Cies, ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

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