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Artists in the Gig Economy

How does the gig economy shape art production in Scotland? From Airbnb’d spare rooms to second shifts working for Deliveroo, in what ways are artists implicated in this precarious new economy? 

This is a workshop sharing experiences and new research presented alongside Melanie Gilligan’s The Common Sense.


Session 1: Introduction

Kirsten Lloyd, University of Edinburgh

Harry Weeks, University of Edinburgh

Moira Jeffery, SCAN  

Session 2: Gigs, Economies, and Social Reproduction

Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh

Al James, Newcastle University

Stella Rooney, Better than Zero

Shona Macnaughton, Artist

Chair: Kirsten Lloyd  

Session 3: Airbnb and Edinburgh

Yasmin Sulaiman, Creative Edinburgh

Dan Cookson, Freelance Housing and Spatial Information Specialist 

Ciaran McDonald, Parliamentary Researcher

Chair: Karen Gregory  

Session 4: Platforms and Production

Ailie Rutherford, Artist

Camara Taylor, Artist

Ed Compson, Artist, Embassy Gallery

Chair: Harry Weeks  

A bursary fund supporting travel costs and childcare is available. Please contact Harry Weeks at by 5pm on Monday 20th August in order to apply. 

Organised by Harry Weeks, Karen Gregory and Kirsten Lloyd.

Part of Platforming Creativity, a research project into Edinburgh's platform and creative economies. Researchers: Harry Weeks, Karen Gregory, Kirsten Lloyd, Dave O'Brien and Lauren Wilks. 

Event supported by The University of Edinburgh and SCAN.

Aug 24 2018 -

Artists in the Gig Economy

A workshop on art and the gig economy.

West Court,
Main Building,
Edinburgh College of Art,
EH3 9DF.