Out of SPACE | S2, E3 ‘Artonomics’: Alternative models and independence
October 2022

Artonomics, where artists discuss making art and making money.

Artist Rachael Clerke and artist, curator and organiser Karl England talk about the freedom found in creating their own funding models, including DIY and collaborative methods, and ‘art that plays at business’. They also discuss the pros and cons of working in institutions and independently, plus the labour involved in writing funding applications. Hosted by artist and curator Cathy Lomax.

A collaboration between SPACE and a-n. Recorded remotely in June 2022.

You can listen to the Out of SPACE | Artonomics podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and your web browser. 

Listen to Artonomics episode 3 here >

The experiences, views, opinions and recommendations presented in the podcast are the speakers’ own. The content does not constitute professional, financial or legal advice from SPACE or a-n and any reliance on it is at the listener’s own risk.



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Cathy Lomax is a London-based artist, the founder of Transition Gallery and the editor of Arty and Garageland magazines. She is currently researching the role of makeup and artifice in the creation of the Hollywood female star image for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Cathy’s paintings and installations assimilate the seductive imagery of film, fame and fashion, juxtaposing it with personal narratives and the everyday. Her particular interests are femininity, masquerade and the way that popular culture is constructed, consumed and related to. In 2014 Cathy was an Abbey Painting Fellow at The British School at Rome and in 2016 she won The Contemporary British Painting Prize. Her 2017 solo exhibition The Blind Spot is profiled by Matt Price in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting. Recent exhibitions include Star Bar, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City (ongoing), The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2019) and Dear Christine, Vane Gallery, Newcastle (and touring) (2019).


Karl England is a London-based artist, curator and organiser. His expanded practice lays bare a particular focus on the conceptualisation and methodologies of artist and curator-led organisation as a form of creative practice. Karl organises large-scale events under the moniker Sluice, which he co-founded with art historian Ben Street in 2011. Sluice works exclusively with artist and curator-led projects and non-profit galleries to realise ambitious fairs, expos and biennials in different cities around the world including London, New York, Berlin, Odense, and in late 2022 in Lisbon. Sluice also operated as a physical gallery space in East London from 2017 until 2019 and since 2015 it has also existed as a magazine which is published twice a year and is distributed internationally. Alongside all of this Karl has managed a municipal gallery and an institutional art collection on a freelance basis, since 2015.

Rachael Clerke is a Bristol-based artist working across many mediums. They make artworks that sit somewhere on the edge of live art and community infrastructure; playful experiments about what real life might look like if we were less concerned with what real life ‘should’ look like. This includes: a shop & festival venue for having conversations about economics; a performance score for 3-5 year olds to take power over institutional art space; a piece of gig theatre about concrete architecture; a temporary city; a book of 151 ideas for overthrowing the government; a quilt of data from the 2019 general election; a DIY business selling shares in a communal bicycle; a podcast about private renting; a short film made with ten year olds in Great Yarmouth and a quarterly international queer postal newsletter with 500 subscribers.