2006 was Artquest's fifth anniversary, and we used much of the year to refocus our services and delivery to the current needs of artists and craftspeople in an age technically much more advanced than we could have imagined when we started.
Responding to a much more technically savvy audience, as well as greater access to broadband internet throughout London, we relaunched our website, increasing accessibility and functionality. We also produced a publication, 5, exploring with commissioned writers, artists and curators what the future might hold for both Artquest and practice in the capital.
This publication, and details of our other activities in 2006, can be viewed below.
- Forum - October 2005-March 2006
- Future Forecast 2006 - March 2006
- Electric Greenhouse 2 - February-April 2006
- Intersection - February 2006
- 5: Artquest / Rational Rec event - December 2006
- 5 publication - November 2006
- Trajectory - 2006
Organised by a-n The Artists Information Company and Artquest and supported by University of the Arts London, the 2006 Future Forecast conference created a think-tank around new evidence, ideas and issues. It follows successful events in 2003 and 2004 and was held at the Rootstein Hopkins Space, University of the Arts London with an evening reception at Camden Arts Centre.
The Future forecast conference was a unique forum that brought together an invited community over 100 artists, curators, arts and business professionals, educationalists and cultural activists who, with staff and advisers for a-n and Artquest, explored key issues within arts, cultural and environmental business practices, and identified future strategies and actions.
Rational Rec is a monthly interdisciplinary arts event held at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. We invited Rational Rec to throw us a fifth birthday party and they came up with a whole programme around the number 5 to help us celebrate.
The programme included performances by Plus Minus:
- Laurence Crane - Cello Piece for Michael Parsons
- Robert Ashley/Alex Waterman - In Memorium Esteban Gomez
- Christopher Fox - Generic Composition #7
- Matthew Shlomowitz - Slow Flipping Harmony
The evening culmitaed in a performance of John Cage's iconic Five in lieu of 'Happy Birthday'.
For Artquest's fifth anniversary, we commissioned 5 - our publication of new writing from Paul Glinkowski, CCRED, Rona Lee, Raimi Gbadamosi and The Manifesto Club. You can download this one-off magazine, mapping and anticipating artists concerns in London.