Tate’s Head Of Coffee: What Debate Over Pay Reveals About Clash Of ‘High’ And ‘Low’ Culture

From: theconversation.com

When the Tate advertised for a new “head of coffee by Tate” recently, listing a salary of £39,500 plus a sales related bonus, there was a chorus of outrage on Twitter and in the news over just how high the pay was.

With headlines focusing on the salary on offer, the coverage compared this to the pay of gallery curators. Grayson Perry tweeted “I give up, they’ve won”, suggesting that this was the final debasement of the arts in the face of increasingly commercial logic.

In London, the average annual salary for curators is in the region of £37,373, though it can be as low as £17,524 – well below the London Living Wage of £20,963.

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