Freelance & Independents
Freelance & Independent art historians form a very diverse members’ group. Some earn an income from freelance activities such as curating, editing or writing, or from part-time teaching and lecturing. The group also includes postdoctoral fellows and early career scholars who are not permanently employed by an institution.
Who are Independent and Freelance members?
AAH Freelance & Independents is a diverse and lively members’ group. We work across a variety of fields including research, lecturing, curating, writing and editing. We welcome early-career scholars, postdoctoral fellows, arts-sector workers, retired professionals and art enthusiasts. Many of us work on a part-time, freelance or temporary basis, making community and the sharing of interests and information essential to our group. If you are interested in being part of the Freelance & Independent group complete and submit the F&I committee application form.
What does the group do?
We provide different platforms for information sharing and networking, including a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter feed. Various events are organised throughout the year, such as the popular Freelance & Independent Workshop Series and the Special Interest Group Session at the annual conference. We also offer financial assistance for conference attendance and image copyright fees, and we publish an online directory of members’ profiles to showcase their special interests and experience for prospective clients or arts-sector commissioners.
Acvitivies & Events
In 2012 the group launched the F&I Workshop Series. These are one-day workshops that are designed to provide freelancers, and others, with career-specific skills and information relevent to existing or desirable jobs. The group aims to organise three workshops per year and these usually take place in London (due to availablity of facilities). Previous workshops have covered public speaking, copyright and digitisation issues (see Previous Events below). We welcome ideas from members for future events.
The Next F&I Workshop Series: details to follow shortly
- Facebook Group
AAH Independents members have recently set up a group on Facebook.
Follow the AAH Independents on Twitter @aahindependents
We also have an online communication network and newsgroup called, ‘Art-line’. To join this network group or to find out more contact email@example.com.
Freelance and Indendent members of the AAH who are session convenors or who have had a paper or a poster accepted for any art history-related conference anywhere in the world, can apply for a grant of up to £300 to cover some of the expenses of attending the conference. Grants have been given for members giving papers at the AAH annual conference, and for conferences at other venues such as Venice. This is not a hardship grant. If you are an independent member and have been a member of the AAH for at least one year you are eligible for a grant as long as there is money available in the allocated conference grant budget. Click here for more details.
Image Cost Grants
Freelance and Independent members of the AAH who are publishing work with images that attract copyright fees can apply for a grant of up to £500 to assist in meeting those fees. Click here for more details.
The Online Directory is an online resource that allows people to search for art historians with different specialisms and skills. As a result it can offer freelance and independent members an opportunity to promote their professional services. Many of our freelance and independent members have gained lucrative contracts through their entries in this Directory. The online directory has been running for several years, having originated from a published booklet. In Autum 2013 a NEW improved online directory of Art Historians & Arts Professionals will be launched. Click here for more information.
Special Interest Sessions
Special Interest Sessions (SIS) take place each year at the annual AAH Conference. They are informal, but informative sessions organised by AAH member groups that focus on specific areas of interest that are relavent and timely for our membership constiuencies.
Would you like to get involved with the F&I Group?
We are always keen to welcome new members to the group. If you would like to participate in future F&I activities and contribute to the AAH's ongoing programme of events then get in touch.
To find out more about the group, to apply for a scheme mentioned above, or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
F&I Workshop Series - Freelance Art History: Developing a Portfolio Career
2nd July 2013, London
F&I Workshop Series - International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
12 February 2013, London
F&I Workshop Series - Copyright, Images and Digitisation
25 October 2012, London
F&I Workshop Series - ‘Public Speaking for Art Historians’
9 February 2012, London
This one-day workshop, run by Speakeasy (a public-speaking training organisation), focussed on how to communicate research more effectively.