Another great post by Harry Giles on how being an artist today generally means working over the legal maximum working week for less than the legal minimum wage.

The idea that we should just be grateful to do what we love (for free) is so ingrained that it's only in recent years that I've started a) applying for funding and b) taking more of a stand by turning down unpaid work (unless it's something I'm really passionate about).

The artists I know are among the hardest working people I know, they often work a 9-5 and then spend their evenings and weekends making art, knowing that there really isn't going to be a point where that pattern changes.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were though? and not just for the few who can make their work free of financial difficulties and other barriers.