Jeanie Scott laments the continued promotion of artistic ‘opportunities’ that pay nothing except experience, such as a recent appeal for an artist to redesign a Sainsbury’s canteen.

The Sainsbury’s spokesperson may have put it down to the actions of a ‘rogue store’, but the recent advert by the supermarket’s Camden branch reveals an all-too common misconception about the work and role of artists.
Headlined ‘Sainsbury’s are looking for an artist to volunteer their skills’, this ludicrous and misguided ‘opportunity’ to refurbish the store’s staff canteen was no spoof.
And as many artists will be aware, the idea that you should work for free to ‘build... Keep reading on a-n