About 600 people from the artistic professions received advice, support and inspiration regarding their career options in Europe at an “Art and Work” information day, which took place in Brussels on 3 May 2012.
The event met a demand from this group of workers for more information about the state of the labour market, the status of artists and recruitment possibilities across Europe.
Those attending were mainly locally-based illustrators, graphic artists, designers and people from the world of fashion and theatre. Representatives from EURES in Belgium, France, Sweden and the UK were on hand to provide advice.
Interactive workshops were held on a range of subjects including freelance working, unemployment rights for artists, and how to secure grant aid. EURES gave presentations about working as an artist in France and the UK, and provided information about the cultural jobs market in Sweden.
“The workshops were so popular that it was standing room only in some cases,” explains Vincent Dewez from Actiris, the Public Employment Service (PES) for Brussels. Actiris organised the event in cooperation with the Brussels International Job Centre (BIJOB) and EURES.
More than 30 stands provided further information and advice on issues such as training for artists, working in the dramatic arts, and options for employment in the fashion industry. A jobs wall provided details of vacancies across Europe.
“The event proved a great success for everyone involved, and we were pleased with the level of attendance. This group of workers doesn’t always find it easy to access information about employment issues so it was good to provide them with what they needed,” adds Vincent.
“They are also quite a mobile group and are often keen to explore their options abroad, which makes them ideal candidates to receive support and advice from the EURES team,” Vincent concludes.