Artists remain vulnerable over insurance cuts

Widespread dismay about proposed insurance policy changes for artists has led to a reversal, but concerns remain.

Insurance is a quagmire of tetchy clauses for many of us. Add to that the complexity of a studio practice, often involving specialised machinery, toxic materials or the use of heat to create objects, and it becomes a headache-inducing nightmare.

Insurance for artists and makers running a studio business, however, is a necessity.

Simply to present their wares at a makers’ market, for example, requires proof of insurance and professional indemnity, as does undertaking a residency or presenting workshops – ultimately reducing creatives’ income and stifling their artistic practices.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina