A study recently published in the U.K. explains that Socially-engaged art practices are undervalued and how artists could be better supported in developing their practice in participatory settings. It specifies that socially-engaged artists working within the community are undercut by the arts sector and the benefits of their work aren’t given significant exposure. There is a growing number of artists have shifted their formal artistic practice by engaging in socially conscious forms of action from placemaking to protesting; however they are at odds with an artworld they believe doesn’t understand the benefits of their labor.
This has been a historically significant phenomenon that has marginalized the work of many artists who have used art to deal with socio-political issues sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
Read more about this new survey here: http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/socially-engaged-arts-undervalued-say-practitioners