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The JUST Art Award
Art for Social Justice
Inequality in the art world is rife, around 85% of artists represented by US institutions are white. In addition, of the $196.6bn spent at auctions between 2008 and 2019, work produced by women accounted for only $4bn, a measly 2% of the total sales. A 2016 study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that just 10% of artists from low-income backgrounds make a living from their art, compared to 40% of artists from high-income backgrounds.
The JUST Art Award, a new prize aimed at addressing inequality in the art world, is proud to announce it's inaugural award in 2023.
The award was created by activist artist and sustainability leader, Amy Jackson. Through this award, Jackson has committed to giving away 50% of all profits generated by her practice, even after her death, to support ethical, underrepresented, and underfunded artists around the world.
The fund, which has been raised purely from Jackson’s art sales is an initiative she hopes will inspire other practitioners in different sectors to follow suit to grow diversity and collective voices in arts and beyond. "It's not just about giving a voice to those otherwise unheard, but trying to demonstrate by example, a new way of living and thinking about money," said Jackson.
The inaugural winner of the JUST Art Award was judged by a panel of experts, including Amy Jackson (artist, human rights advocate, sustainability leader), Tabish Khan (the London Art Critic), and Charles Ogilvie OBE (artist, sustainability leader, former Director COP).
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