Self Assembly was a regular series of talks, running from February 2009 to May 2013, showcasing the different paths artists take to sustain their practice while still paying the bills
The art world can be hard to navigate: hard to find the right person at the right organisation; hard to find funding or finance; hard to make the time and space you need to keep working. How do other artists do it? Most artist presentations talk only about the professional side of practice - the exhibitions, residencies and other opportunities gained throughout a career; the bits that make an artist into a professional artist. Self Assembly seeked to lift the lid on how artists actually manage their time and money, balance the demands of work and life, and still get round to making work.
Archive of Self Assembly seminars
The Professionals - May 2013
How can artists convey their professionalism when applying for opportunities, considering that nowadays all you are allowed to send is an application form and a few images? What is the criteria that curators and galleriests use when selecting applicants? What are the tools at the artists disposal?
Debra Wilson and Chiara Williams, directors of WW Gallery, shared their expertise as gallerists and organisers of a number of successful open exhibitions, including Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper at the last Venice Biennale and SOLO Award.
The Fine Art of Negotiation - March 2013
Though often overlooked negotiation is a skill employed in all aspects of a career as an artist, from putting on a show, to agreeing a commission fee, getting sponsorship and more. Hear artist Emily Speed discuss how she has learned to negotiate with galleries and commissioners to make sure that she has access to the resources she needs to produce her work. Emily also written down for Artquest a number of tips highlighting how negotiating can help your practice. The Fine Art of Negotiation was organised by Artquest in collaboration with FACK.
How to Run an Artist Led Space - January 2013
Ami Clarke, artist and director of Banner Repeater looked at the benefits and challenges of running an artist led space - her presentation covered topics such as the choice of location, finding and approaching funding bodies and the ins and outs of setting up as a small organisation. Ami has given Artquest some tips on setting up an Artist Led Space.
A to Z of Crodwfunding - November 2012
Marc Wilson is a photographic artist who has successfully funded the complete production of his last photographic project - The Last Stand - via a crowdfunding platform. In this talk his shares with the audience what has he learned and would he do it again. Read Marc tips on how best to start crowdfunding for your own project.
Print on Demand - September 2012
Lynn Harris, co-funder of ANDPublishing explained in this session the pro and cons of making art books using print ondemand platforms, presenting both aestetical and technical differences of the various platforms. Lynn also put together some tips to help you maximase your print on demand projects. This Self Assembly session took place as part of the E17 Art Trail.
Basics of Pricing & Editioning - September 2010
Medeia Cohan Petrolino, who was the curator of the University of the Arts London collection and gallery, explained what rules should students and young graduates follow when deciding on how to price your artwork. Is there a benchmark for students' work? What is the best way to entice collectors to buy your work?
Website and Social Networks - July 2010
Artist Jessica Voorsanger explains the use she makes of website, blogs and a number of social media in order to keep her audience up-to-date with her work.
Gallery Education - May 2010
Artist and educator Cath Hawes has been working with galleries with many years organising workshops, talks and events for a variety of audiences.
Rates of Pay - March 2010
In this session visual artist Alex Julyan shared her knowledge of rates of pay. Often artists get booked to do workshops or presentations or even commissions before the matter of money has been discussed, and then it is left to them to ask for their fee. But how much per hour should an artist charge? And how to calculate those hours preparing and reserching for the job?
What is a Contract - January 2010
Giles Dixon, founder of The Contract Store, shared his knowledge of contracts to convince as many artists as possible that sending off your work to galleries and agents without a written contract is always a bad idea.
Peer Mentoring - June 2009
Artist Will Clifford gave this talk after having run a peer mentoring group as part of one of Artquest projects. Forum consisted of groups of artists who met six times between September and March. Each group was administered by a lead artist, who chaired and organised each session, inviting artists and curtors to discuss each others work or simply art practice.
Self Promotion - April 2009
Artist Gordon Cheung explains how by doing it all himself, and organizing a number of successful group exhibitions, he has become a master at self promotion.
How to get Funding - February 2009
The first ever Self Assembly saw curator Hannah Liley attempt to answer the perennial question haunting artists: how do I get some funding? Hannah works as an independent exhibitions organiser and curator. She has commissioned, organised and curated exhibitions both in the UK and abroad.