ABOUT The Project
FavourEconomy is a collection of audio recordings created by women* working in the arts. The project operates as a platform for contributors to voice their experience, insights and skills and share it to the archive. The archive comprises of a series of volumes that develop over a one-year period coinciding with each financial year.
* female identifying and non-binary inclusive
The recordings shared to FavourEconomy have been termed ‘favours’ because they have been produced by with the intention of being of benefit for other women* working in the arts to hear. Furthermore, the word ‘favour’ encapsulates a social gesture of ‘sharing something’ without defining exactly what that something might be. FavourEconomy operates as an audio gift economy, whereby each contributor has determined the content and value of their recording set in accordance with their own experience and is received by the listener according to their current situation and need. The audio favours concurrently give value and power to the female* voice, which is too often silenced.
FavourEconomy is investigating at a time when we have the greatest numbers of women* working in the arts, yet there still is not commensurate representation in leadership positions, exhibitions, publications and collections. For so many women* the path to ‘success’ in the arts is hazardous, with a multiplicity of journeys simultaneously being navigated. Subsequently female* perspective, experience and voice often vanishes from public discourse before being heard. To enable a platform for this to occur, FavourEconomy is intentionally non-selective and embraces all audio favours shared by women* - beyond only those 'at the top’ of their arts profession.
FavourEconomy aims to highlight the breadth as well as the commonalities of the female* experience.
To allow for a spectrum of perspectives to be voiced FavourEconomy is inclusive of recordings shared by both female identifying and non-binary people. The project is inclusive of audio favours shared by those at various stages of their career and who occupy a variety of creative and professional arts roles. This is because the boundaries of contemporary art forms and careers can often be fused, blurred or multifaceted. Furthermore, female* arts practitioners frequently express themselves in multiple roles and creative disciplines.
While there are many systemic issues to be addressed there is one specific area that can be combated by the FavourEconomy. We aim to actively support a culture where women* help out each other in order to strengthen our presence, power and voice in the arts. We posit that our efforts, insights and experience can benefit others and that the more that we share with and support one another the easier it will be for us to impact the circuit of contemporary art production and dissemination.
Currently FavourEconomy is accessible online to a digital public and for exhibition as a compendium of sound, installation and text based artwork. Moving forward FavourEconomy aims to further explore how the project operates to record alternative histories; interrogates the notion of gatekeepers, prizes and exclusive exhibitions; provides a platform for intersectional perspectives; challenges notions of 'success'; empowers the female* voice and strengthens relationships.
FavourEconomy embraces all female identifying and non-binary perspectives of working in the arts.
If you have something to share get in touch.
FavourEconomy is an ongoing collaborative project currently led by Stella Chen, Claire Field and Tonié Field.
The conceptual framework for the FavourEconomy project was initially developed by Claire Field, Alexandra Pedley and Browyn Treacy.
Listen to FavourEconomy Volume 1. 2015-2016 HERE
Listen to FavourEconomy Volume 2. 2016-2017 HERE
Listen to FavourEconomy Volume 3. 2017-2018 HERE