Evaluation: Artist assistant scheme contributes to the development of young artists

Kulturrådet – Arts Council Norway,
06 April 2022, Norway

A new evaluation report shows that both the established artists and assistants are very pleased with the Arts Council's artist assistant scheme.

The scheme gives artists in the establishment phase of their careers the opportunity to work as an assistant to a more established colleague for one or two years. It provide experience and competence transfer between established and newly qualified artists, as well as professionalising and increasing revenue opportunities for both parties. The collaboration between the artists is formalised in an employment relationship where the established artist is given employer responsibility while the artist's assistant is granted an employee's rights and obligations. These are key instruments for strengthening both the artist's economy and the professionalisation of the art and culture field.