(Columns marked breakpoint indicate the percentage of artists who recorded an amount greater than zero for that category)
To better visualize the numbers presented in the table above, we graphed them using boxplot charts, which offer the ability to see not only see the mean and medians, but also see the dispersion of the range of the numbers.
The one area that shows the potential effect of the recession most strongly is gallery representation, which dropped from just over 40% in 2007 to 31% in 2012. Whether from galleries closing, or rationalizing their stables, the effect is most clear when we look at the proportion of practice-based income. In 2007, around 55% of practice income was earned from sales. This drops to just over 40% in 2012.
From our analysis of 2007 (see the full 2007 report), we saw that increases in sales saw a correlated increase in both expenses and time spent in the studio. This current back-of-envelope sketch shows this correlation holds, with time in the studio and practice expenses dropping overall.
This is one of a series of mini-reports on the results of the 2012 Waging Culture survey, a study of the socio-economic conditions faced by Canadian-resident professional visual artists. Supported by the Art Gallery of York University, it is an undertaking of Michael Maranda. This is the second iteration of the survey. For other mini-reports, and for the full 2007 report, click here. Comments and questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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