[artinfo] Artists' Lottery Syndicate

Janos Sugar sj at c3.hu
Fri Jun 18 17:15:44 CEST 2010

The Artists' Lottery Syndicate is a forty-strong collective of UK 
based artists who are joining forces to play The National Lottery 
over the course of a year, with the hope of hitting the jackpot. The 
Syndicate will run from 1 July 2010 - 1 July 2011.

As a reaction to the recession and its knock-on effect on arts 
funding, the Artists' Lottery Syndicate is a speculative new scheme 
for acquiring funds for artists. By utilising the element of 'luck', 
which plays such a central role in an artist's career, the Syndicate 
aims to explore the prevalent 'winner-takes-all' market of the arts, 
described by Hans Abbing in his book Why Are Artists Poor? 

As well as these cynical undertones, playing on the 'lucky break' 
aspirations of many artists, the Syndicate also has a collective 
spirit. Inspired by the definition of a 'syndicate' as a group of 
people 'joining forces', working together for a common goal, it aims 
to be a social coming-together of a group of aspirational artists 
supporting each other into the new 'age of austerity'.

Just imagine if we won! Forty artists in press shots; smiling, 
holding a giant cheque and spraying champagne in the air! Would that 
not be the greatest artwork ever made?


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