One group of artists, led by Ellie Harrison, have decided to take an alternative approach to lottery funding, with the Artists Lottery Syndicate. Whilst on the surface like any other lottery syndicate, this also has the hallmarks of Harrison's other online projects, mixing playfulness with seriousness: '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?'
The roots of Harrison's wit in a very serious consideration of the artist's role in a struggling world can be seen in her recent thesis Trajectories: How to Reconcile the Careerist Mentality with Our Impending Doom. This explores how artists might respond to the collapse of the careerist mentality as a result of economic and climate chaos. It's a challenging read, but puts a lot of things really clearly. Which funnily enough is a relatively rare thing for someone defining themselves,albeit perhaps reluctantly, as a visual artist. It deserves more time than I've got right now, but I will perhaps return to it.
Anyway, fingers crossed for the Syndicate - now full, by the way.