Journal article

Ambivalent entrepreneurs: arts-based social enterprise in a neoliberal world

G McQuilten, D Warr, K Humphery, A Spiers

Social Enterprise Journal | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider the social turn in contemporary capitalism and contemporary art through the lens of art-based social enterprises (ASEs) that aim to create positive social benefits for young people experiencing forms of marginalisation, and which trade creative products or services to help fulfil that mission. A growth in ASEs demonstrates a growing interest in how the arts can support social and economic development, and the ways new economic models can generate employment for individuals excluded from the labour market; extend opportunities for more people to participate in art markets; and challenge dominant market models of cultural production and consump..

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