How important is a fixed address to creative survival?

Independent artists and small arts organisations talk about the allure of bricks and mortar versus the flexibility of working nomadically .

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Most arts industry professionals are well familiar with the stereotype of the artist freelancer. The self-starting, independent creative who toils any hour of the day or night, working whenever and wherever necessary to get the job done.

However, in the context of workforce debates around the ‘gig economy’ this stereotype warrants further thought. 

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Jo Pickup
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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for WA arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at WAAPA.