Unveiling the Neglected Wellbeing of Performing Artists: Through the Gaze of Artist Parents

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Marshall, A. 2024. Unveiling the Neglected Wellbeing of Performing Artists: Through the Gaze of Artist Parents . Performing Care and Carelessness Conference.
AuthorsMarshall, A.
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Abstract

The performing arts, a cornerstone of cultural expression, unveils the human experience, yet beneath the surface of captivating narratives lies a pervasive issue: a systemic disregard for the wellbeing of performing artists. This presentation zones in on the challenges faced, in particular, by those who are parents, exposing the intricate web of issues that arise when artistic commitments intertwine with the responsibility of parenthood. Focusing on key findings from PiPA and Equity research, the talk addresses the physical toll, mental health, and financial strains experienced by performing artist parents. The demanding nature of the profession and the added responsibilities of parenthood create a delicate balance, exacerbated by insufficient maternity and paternity leave and a lack of childcare facilities. This delicate balance underscores the urgency of integrating genuine care practices within the industry to safeguard the wellbeing of these artists. The clash between the inherent instability of artistic careers and the stability demanded by parenthood contributes to heightened stress and anxiety, often shrouded in societal stigma. Financial strains further compound the difficulties faced by performing artist parents, with inadequate support and a scarcity of family-friendly policies within the industry leading to economic instability. This presentation aims to spotlight the unique challenges of this group of artists, advocating for comprehensive support systems—from family-friendly policies to a culture of understanding. The goal is to catalyse a transformation, acknowledging and supporting the holistic wellbeing of all artist parents, fostering a healthier and more sustainable environment within the performing arts and beyond.

KeywordsParenthood; Well-being; Performing artists; care for performers
Year2024
ConferencePerforming Care and Carelessness Conference
Web address (URL)https://www.otago.ac.nz/performance-of-the-real/news/performing-care-and-carelessness
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