Economic & Legislative Frameworks of Contemporary Art in Armenia:
Sociological survey 

This research has been carried out with a view to removing the characteristics of the aforementioned processes, the peculiarities and barriers of their organization in making a broader sense of the subject matter of the art market and its related issues in Armenia. 

The survey included 26 in-depth interviews with artists, curators, galleries, museums and art centres. The questionnaire was aimed at revealing the frequency of organizing exhibitions, their contents, obstacles in the process of organizing, as well as revealing sales figures and prospects. 

The survey is based on interviews with artists in Yerevan, but involves several interviews with artists, curators, and galleries’ representatives in Gyumri, enabling them to expand the scope of the research problem and to observe patterns and features in the dimensions of the artistic life of the two cities. 

The research was based on a qualitative sample. The artists, curators, galleries, museums and art centres involved in the research were selected based on two criteria: experience and functioning area in the art (Yerevan and Gyumri). 

In a broad sense, the research has emerged from the fact that the art market in Armenia, as part of the economic system, is not formulated and there are no regulated conceptual and legal bases that contribute to it. At the same time, there is no organization or infrastructure that is consistently engaged in the research of cultural economy and policy, with the research and analysis work needed to fill the existing gaps in the statistical service and elaborating the methodology and tools required for justified cultural policy.