David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

17 November 2017

Living Standard

The Australia Council for the Arts has released
new research which shows the average income of a practising professional artist in Australia declined by about 4 per cent between 2008 and 2015.

Theatre of the Accountants of Regard   
How much money do artists make?

•   In 2014-15 Australian artists earned a gross income of $48,400 on average — about 4 per cent less than when the survey was last conducted in 2007-08

•   But they tended to generate their income from a variety of sources
•   On average they made about $18,800 from their creative work, $13,900 from art-related work (usually teaching), and $15,700 from a non-arts-related job
•   A third of the artists surveyed said they were happy with that balance, while the rest wanted to spend more time creating

•   All types of artists face challenges meeting their minimum income requirements, but visual artists earn amongst the lowest incomes of any artists, despite being one of the most highly educated groups in the workforce.

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